Dave Myers Tribute Ride Completed by 20,000 Bikers

20,000 bikers turned out for the tribute ride for Dave Myers, who died of cancer earlier this year

Dave Myers. - BBC

Approximately 20,000 bikers were present on the tribute ride for Dave Myers which led them to Myers’ home town of Barrow-in-Furness.

The ride began in London, and the trail of motorcycles is estimated to have stretched for around 16 miles from front-to-back. Cumbria Police had urged motorists to maintain care while driving on what was called ‘Dave Day’ in anticipation of the large number of bikers making their way firstly to, and then home from, Barrow-in-Furness. It said after the ride that it had made no arrests.

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At the conclusion of the ride, Cumbria Police’s Superintendent Andy Wilkinson said: "There was a great turnout yesterday for the motorcycle procession, both from motorcyclists making their way to Barrow and local people attending to support them.

"We estimate that approximately 20,000 motorcyclists attended and I am pleased to say there were no major incidents on the road network.

"A great deal of planning took place ahead of yesterday to ensure the safety of all involved.

"I would like to thank everyone for their safe manner of driving and working with ourselves and our partner agencies."

Myers, famous for being one half of the TV cooking and travel duo the Hairy Bikers, died of cancer in February. He’d formed the Hairy Bikers in the 2000s with Si King, who addressed the crowds in Barrow-in-Furness at the end of the ride. 

“Thank you. You’ve made David Myers very proud,” King said, as reported by the BBC.

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