Watch: ‘It was amazing’ – Around 100 bikers escort Andrew on his final ride

30 Jun 2020 @ 7.52 pm
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A call went out to bikers across North and East Yorkshire to escort Andrew Kitson on his last ride on Monday (29 June).

Family hoped a few would turn up. But they were truly amazed and touched to find about 100 bikers came along to pay tribute.

Andrew, from Lofthouse in West Yorkshire, was a regular at Squires Cafe at Sherburn-in-Elmet.

He died after being hit by a car being pursued by police.

His brother-in-law, Dave Glazebrook, said he couldn’t believe how many took part in the escort.

A biker was laid to rest this afternoon in Lofthouse near Wakefield, with a convoy of almost 100 motorcyclists. Andrew Kitson 44 was tragically killed on 9th June by a car being chased by police. The car struck Mr Kitson, instantly killing him. A 22 year old man was arrested at the scene on dangerous driving. The funeral procession took place at 3pm this afternoon (29th June) & was escorted by nearly 100 fellow bikers paying their respects. R.I.P Andrew

Posted by Yorkshire Pics on Monday, 29 June 2020

“To be honest, I was expecting maybe 10, 15 bikers to turn up,” he said.

“I wasn’t even that optimistic because obviously yesterday morning, the day of the funeral, was actually raining and windy.

“The meeting place was a car park just down the road from Andrew’s house. And it was my intention to go and say hello to everybody.

“But when I got there, it was just impossible. There was too many bikers there to greet. So I just said hello to as many people as possible.”

Dave said he wanted to thank everyone who took part. “It was truly amazing.

“It just makes you realise that the biker family is a unique and special group of people.

“I think the most poignant moment was when all the bikers were waiting for the hearse to come past so they could follow it, they all revved their engines.

“And it got to the family quite a lot. It was very emotional.”