Keith’s last ride out

The trike with Keith's coffin and seated his partner Bonny.
The trike with Keith's coffin and seated his partner Bonny.
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A BLACKPOOL biker got a fitting send-off when a procession of motorcyclists accompanied him on his final journey.

Riders from the Lost Souls motorcycle club, based in the town, stopped traffic as they gathered to pay their respects to Keith Currier who died on February 23, aged 54, after battling lung cancer.

Keith Currier

Keith Currier

More than a 100 bikers from the club, which meets at the Coast Riders Cafe on Cropper Road in Marton, joined the funeral procession from Laycock Gate in Layton.

Mr Currier, of Walter Robinson Court, Queens Park, had been a key member of the Lost Souls which holds an annual toy run to deliver Christmas presents to Brian House children’s hospice.

Last Christmas, he dressed as Santa Claus to hand out gifts which had been donated by club members and local businesses.

He was told he had lung cancer on New Year’s Eve and died just weeks later in Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

His partner Bonnie Goodinson said: “He did a lot for the community and was treasurer of the Lost Souls which had chosen Brian House as its charity.

“He also helped organise things like an egg run at Easter, and fundraising events like sponsored head shaves.

“Keith was a keen biker from the age of 15 so he would have been really pleased at the send-off he was given, with so many bikers from the club turning out.

“He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him in the biking community and on the estate.”

Mr Currier’s coffin was carried to his service at Carleton Crematorium yesterday using a special trike hearse.

He had worked at the Pleasure Beach, and had also volunteered at the former Queens Park community cafe.

Gwen King, chairman of the Queens Park Residents Association, said: “Keith was one of society’s gentlemen and will be sorely missed.

“He was always there to lend a helping hand, from moving furniture to helping some of the older tenants when they needed something doing.”

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