Bikers join Russell on his last ever journey

Motorcyle procession for the funeral of Russell Coombes makes its way from Marshland St James to Mintlyn Crematorium passing through King's Lynn.
Motorcyle procession for the funeral of Russell Coombes makes its way from Marshland St James to Mintlyn Crematorium passing through King's Lynn.
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Bikers from across East Anglia helped give motorcycle enthusiast Russell Coombes a roaring send off when they joined his funeral cortege to Lynn’s Mintlyn Crematorium.

Torrential rain failed to dampen biker camaraderie as around 70 mourners riding motorcycles took part in an almighty funeral procession from Russell’s family home in Marshland St James on Friday.

The coffin of Russell Coombes, 21, who died in a motorbike accident at Spalding on December 29, was carried by a special funeral motorcycle and sidecar.

The coffin of Russell Coombes, 21, who died in a motorbike accident at Spalding on December 29, was carried by a special funeral motorcycle and sidecar.

The coffin of Russell, 21, who died in a motorbike accident in Spalding on December 29, was covered in pictures of his beloved cars and motorbike, and carried by a special funeral motorcycle and sidecar.

Yesterday, his mum and step-father, Tanya and Ray Edwards, paid a massive thank you to everyone who helped give him an “amazing” send-off.

“The turn-out was absolutely phenomenal, Russell would have loved it,” said Ray. “In town (Lynn) and at the Crematorium, everyone revved the hell out of the bikes. The noise was out of this world. It was very emotional for everyone.”

In a Facebook post, mum Tanya said everyone “did our boy proud”.

Motorcyle procession for the funeral of Russell Coombes makes its way from Marshland St James to Mintlyn Crematorium passing through King's Lynn. ANL-160122-182713009

Motorcyle procession for the funeral of Russell Coombes makes its way from Marshland St James to Mintlyn Crematorium passing through King's Lynn. ANL-160122-182713009

“We are eternally grateful to you all.”

Russell, who worked as a technician at Scania Truckeast in Lynn, had a real passion for both bikes and cars.

His death prompted an outpouring of messages of condolence for his family on Facebook, and led to friends organising a rally in his memory.

More than 400 drivers turned up to celebrate Russell’s life on Saturday, January 2, driving from Halfords car park in King’s Lynn to Hunstanton, one of his favourite places.

At Russell’s funeral the family asked for donations instead of flowers in aid of the British Biker Relief Foundation, a charity which supports motorcyclists and their families across the UK after serious and life changing injuries sustained in a motorcycle road traffic accident.