Thousands of bikers celebrate life of Dave Myers

Thousands of bikers to celebrate life of Dave Myers

7 hours agoBy Pamela Tickell, BBC News, North East and Cumbria • Jennie Dennett, BBC Radio CumbriaPA MediaDave Myers, one half of TV cooking duo The Hairy Bikers, died from cancer aged 66

Thousands of motorcyclists are riding from London to Cumbria, to celebrate the life of Hairy Biker Dave Myers.

The TV chef died in February, at the age of 66, after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Dave Day will see a remembrance procession made up of thousands of motorcycles travel to Myer’s coastal home town of Barrow-in-Furness, with large crowds expected to line the streets.

His widow Lili Myers previously said her husband would have loved the event, saying: “I think he’s watching from wherever he is – watching and laughing.”

South Shore Productions/PASi King is taking part in the ride and will take to the stage when he arrives

Celebrations will centre around Barrow Town Hall with performances, stalls by local vendors who have worked with the Hairy Bikers on various projects, and a service of remembrance.

The event will also raise money for NSPCC Childline and The Institute of Cancer Research, with donations being split evenly between the two charities, organisers said.

In an online video ahead of the event, the other half of the Hairy Bikers, Si King, said: “Be safe and be courteous to one another and we’ll have a smashing day.”

Bikers are set to join the procession along the route across the country.

The route of the memorial ride with planned stop-offs including at the National Motorcycle Museum

In the run up to the day, staff and students from Greengate Junior School in Barrow dressed up as Myers.

Those who took part sported fake beards and moustaches, as wells as a waistcoat similar to the one the chef wore.

Dylan, 10, said the moustache felt itchy.

Teacher Stephen Leigh said Myers was a Barrovian treasure.

“Any sort of focus on the positives of Barrow is really, really good. And it’s a marvellous place,” he added.

Students and staff at Greengate Junior School in Barrow dressed up as Dave Myers for their Dave Day celebrations

People are travelling from all over the world to take part in the event.

Dawn Mayers, who is originally from Fleetwood near Blackpool, lives in Malaysia for the most of the year.

She decided to come back to the UK especially for the event.

“Dave died when we were in Malaysia, so we decided to light a candle for him at a local Buddhist temple.

“We’ve watched every episode [of the Hairy Bikers], We have every cookbook,” she said.

Ms Mayers arrived in Barrow on Friday and said the atmosphere was electric.

She said the event would “probably get emotional for a lot of people,” adding that her former husband, who was a biker, also died after being diagnosed with cancer.

Dawn MayersDawn Mayers has flown from Malaysia to take part in Dave Day

Keni Carrington, 70, has travelled from France to take part.

She arrived in the UK on Friday and is riding to Barrow from the Ace Cafe in North London.

Ms Carrington’s husband of 35 years, Chris, who was also a biker, passed away last June following a cancer diagnosis.

“Chris was my soul mate and he would love to have done this ride for Dave Myers,” she said.

Keni CarringtonKeni Carrington has travelled from France and is riding in memory of her late husband, Chris

Meanwhile bikers struggling for somewhere to stay were helped out by local residents offering their spare rooms, caravans, and even their backyards.

Tim Walker offered up his garden in Askam-in-Furness for people to camp out in.

“We thought, well, we’ve got plenty of room [in the garden]. Got some tents and some spare rooms,” he said.

Mr Walker and his wife are also planning to serve breakfast to their eight guests.

He did not want people to pay to stay on his property and asked people to “put a donation in the bucket” instead.

Tim Walker offered up his garden in Askam-in-Furness for people to camp out in

Barrow Town councillor Dani Petrova said: “He was just a normal guy from Barrow doing us all proud.

“Fantastic guy, really very approachable.”

Ms Petrova added that she was “absolutely gobsmacked” at the reaction to Dave Day.

“The people of Barrow are what makes Barrow beautiful and Dave was one of us.”

Barrow Town councillor Dani Petrova went to Dave and Lili’s wedding

Road users have been warned of heavy traffic as three major events take place across Cumbria.

In addition to the day, Appleby Horse Fair is taking place and Windermere is playing host to the Great North Swim – the biggest open water swim in the UK.

Cumbria Police and National Highways have advised drivers to plan extra time for their journeys.

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