Pete's send off today was very appropriate and poignant and I have a feeling that’s just the way Pete might of wanted it.
A single Ducati rider, Darren headed the funeral procession with some 30+ pedal cyclists following along as outriders....
The small ceremony building was filled to capacity with well-wishers and I was quite surprised when myself and Tony V. (in Ducati clothing), were ushered to the very front of the hall with all the cyclists present.
A short non-denominational service was held with a touching verse being read out that I was unable to remember but contained many references to ‘taking the last mile together’.
Everyone that I could see made donations to the Air Ambulance Service as requested upon leaving as we bade Pete farewell, on his infinite ride amongst the stars.
Two pieces of music were played during the service, so maybe raise a glass as you listen:
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were
Dire Straits - On Every Street...
Afterwards, appropriately, at a nearby football club family and friends gathered to share some memories of Pete. I never realised that as well as his known talents for cycling and motorbiking that he was a black belt in Karate and an accomplished climber and scuba-diver.
A fitting final tribute was given freely of a sunflower design keepsake with a centrepiece Pete grinning widely and the simple legend:
Unfortunately I was unable to attend Pete’s (Rock jock’s) funeral back in December. Those of you that met Pete will remember a jovial character with a zest for life and all it brings. I know we all enjoyed his days out, his banter and his huge presence. A few of us plan to ride one of Pete’s legendary routes, east or west (weather permitting) dedicating the day to remember Pete. The chosen date will be Sunday 28th June. Preferred route will be through North Yorkshire, Hartside and over to the lake district. However if the weathers crap then we’ll be heading over to Sandsend near Whitby. Meeting locations will probably be: North Yorkshire ride · Leeds (The shell garage at Poole bank bridge) · Petes shop · Ripon (Mcdonalds) · Leyburn If the weathers better East then the pick ups will be the same as above missing out Leyburn. Obviously feel free if you want to add a collection point on route.
If you’re interested, post and let me know or pm me for my mobile to discuss in further detail.
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