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Growling engines salute Ringmer biker known as “Bear” in fond farewell

Funeral of Barry Flood from Ringmer, big ride out of 100 motorbikes and casket going in a trailer pulled by motorbike.

Funeral of Barry Flood from Ringmer, big ride out of 100 motorbikes and casket going in a trailer pulled by motorbike.

Lifelong biker Barry Flood was given the send-off he would have wanted at his funeral on Friday.

More than 20 motorycle enthusiasts escorted him on his final journey, and Barry’s casket was towed in a trailer behind a roaring trike.

The cavalcade, composed of fellow members of the Newhaven Cruisers, gathered at Ringmer Football Club in his home village.

It made its way to Lewes, attracting surprised attention as it travelled up the High Street to the prison crossroads.

From there it went to Newhaven, home of the bikers’ club, and then along the coast road to its final destination, via Brighton Racecourse, for the funeral service at Woodvale Crematorium.

The fond farewell was organised by Peter Saunders and Ian Dorian, close friends of gentle giant Barry – who was known as ‘Bear’ because of the distinctive growl in his voice.

At the service the music chosen was The Bare Necessities from the cartoon version of The Jungle Book.

Continental lorry driver Barry, of Fairlight Field, Ringmer, stood 6ft 4ins tall and weighed more than 20 stone.

As well as being an ardent member of the Newhaven Cruisers, he was a life member of Ringmer FC. It was the venue for his wake later in the day which took the form of a hog roast to celebrate his life.

Barry died at the age of 66 in hospital at Lewisham, London, after never recovering from an accident last September.

 

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