A FIRM which offers the ultimate final tribute to motorcycle enthusiasts has celebrated 12 years of business by taking a look back on helping people tailor funerals to their unique tastes.
Motorcycle Funerals Limited offers bikers the chance to take their final journey in life in a motorbike sidecar rather than the more traditional hearse.
The firm, which is based in Riverside Court, Measham, was the brainchild of Paul Sinclair who originally set up the firm in his garden shed.
A spokesman for the firm said: “In 2002, Paul Sinclair founded Motorcycle Funerals Limited, Britain’s first ever motorcycle hearse service.
“Paul, who has served at funerals for 27 years, believes we should reflect people’s lifestyles in their funerals.”
Mr Sinclair said: “No one places an Everton fan in a Liverpool strip when they die so why should a motorcycle enthusiast be last seen in an automobile?”
“Our unique fleet serves UK-wide from St Ives to Dover, Emmerdale to Thurso and Swansea to Skegness as well as the islands. Wherever you are, don’t worry, we’ll get there.”
The firm has handled more than 2,500 funerals across the country since it began.
It offers a range of motorbikes with sidecars including a classic style Triumph, a Suzuki Hayabusa and Harley-Davidson.
Readers may recognise the Harley-Davidson as it recently appeared on ITV soap Emmerdale for the funeral of Alan Turner.
The firm recently held an open day to celebrate its recovery after its headquarters was flooded last year.
Despite the firm’s sidecar hearses being rescued, there was building damage but this allowed the firm to take stock and create a museum of its history for clubs and groups to visit.
Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, said: “I would like to congratulate the patent holder Paul Sinclair for the first motorcycle and sidecar hearse firm that was launched in 2002, which I am told resulted in a whole movement of vehicles being adopted for funeral use, everything from a vintage lorry to tractor.”
Visit www.motorcyclefunerals.com for details.