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Popular biker Harold Knight gets send-off he would have wanted

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 17, 2012

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THEY came from all over the country on two wheels to say goodbye to one of their friends.

But the funeral of Skewen biker Harold Knight was not a mournful occasion, but one of celebration.

Mr Knight, who sadly passed away last week at the age of 60, was given a send-off he would have wished for at Margam Crematorium.

His family were joined by countless biker friends who made a convoy behind Mr Knight's coffin, which was carried on a special motorcycle hearse.

His nephew Gareth Jones said: "It was really fantastic, it was a great turnout.

"There were people from his motorbike club, the Mayflower, and people from Cornwall, the North of England and all over Wales.

"It just went to show how well he was liked in the motorbike world. It was nice for the family to have that support here too."

Born in Cadoxton and known affectionately as 'H', Mr Knight was a welder by trade and worked at many local firms over the years.

He had lived in Skewen for the past 30 years and travelled all over Europe with his wife Lys attending rallies and meets.

He was also a keen fisherman and was a member of the Neath and Dulais Valley Angling Club.

It is believed he died of heart complications.

Mr Jones was pleased the service was such a fitting tribute to his uncle.

"It was a humanist service for him," he said.

"There was no black worn except the leathers of the bikers. Every time I saw my uncle he was either in his leathers or jeans, so I had jeans on.

"It was a really lovely service. We didn't have hymns but we played some of the music he liked.

"There was Johnny Cash and some Nat King Cole.

"There was another piece of music too which was used for us to reflect on our own memories of him — it was the song which was used for the first dance at my uncle and auntie's wedding."

Mr Jones added: "It was a celebration of his life. Someone said the service was testament to him, and it is what he would have wanted.

"My auntie is doing well. She has been unbelievably strong and she rode in the sidecar behind the hearse.

"I think there was some reaction to the hearse from people, it was him all over.

"One of his friends did a little eulogy, a bit about his life, and it was warming to hear the things they said.

"We are so happy that as many people came as they did, it was great."

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