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Hairy Biker Dave Myers’ memorial ride sees 6,000 motorcyclists flock north in touching scenes-Kitty Chrisp-Entertainment – Metro

The ride started in Beverley this morning.

Hairy Biker Dave Myers’ memorial ride sees 6,000 motorcyclists flock north in touching scenes-Kitty Chrisp-Entertainment – Metro

Myers died aged 66 following a cancer diagnosis (Picture: Getty Images/Shutterstock)

Thousands of motorcyclists have donned their leathers and attended a 75-mile ride in memory of the late Hairy Biker, Dave Myers.

TV chef Si King thanked those taking part on Sunday April 7, saying his co-star and best friend ‘would have loved it’.

Myers, who was part of the motorcycle-riding cooking duo with King, died in February at the age of 66 following a cancer diagnosis.

In memory of the late TV star, motorcyclists from across the country met up on Sunday morning to ride in a convoy together to pay tribute and raise funds for cancer research.

A message from King was posted on the Hairy Bikers Instagram account on Sunday ahead of the ride, alongside a photo of the motorcyclists stationed at the initial meeting point in Beverley.

His statement said: ‘I hope the ride out goes well for you all. Many many thanks for remembering Dave in this way.

Around 6,000 motorcyclists have taken part in Dave Myers’ memorial ride (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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‘He would have loved it. Dave’s family, friends and I are really touched.

‘Love to you all, be safe.”

The ride, organised by Biker Escorts East Yorkshire, began in Beverley Market Place in Yorkshire before moving through various north Yorkshire towns including Scagglethorpe and Pickering.

After two and half hours, the route is planned to end in the seaside town of Scarborough in the afternoon.

A Facebook page for the event notes the ride is due to be marshalled and local police have been informed.

The page said it was expecting possibly up to 3,000 bikes to take part due to the interest expressed on the event page – though this number ended up being double, according to BBC Look North journalist Becki Thomas.

‘Around 6,000 bikers set off from Beverley this morning. They’re having a memorial ride out for Dave Myers,’ she wrote on X, alongside a photo of the touching scenes.

The bikers flocked to the northern town of Beverley (Picture: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

They will end in Scarborough (Picture: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Myers was a much-loved face of the UK’s biking community (Picture: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Born in Barrow-in-Furness, Myers won over a loyal following alongside King with their combination of riding their motorcycles to locations across the world and cooking up delicious food as they went.

The duo were also well-loved for their cheeky humour and boundless enthusiasm for life, bikes, and grub.

Together they filmed many cooking series and specials for the BBC, seeking out new foodie experiences in India, Vietnam, Argentina and Mexico.

King and Myers’ last series, The Hairy Bikers Go West, continued to air on BBC Two following his death. Outside of their travelogue series, Myers also competed on Strictly Come Dancing and they published more than 25 cookery books.

In Myers’ final moments, King was by his side as the Geordie posted an emotional statement when the news broke.

‘Hi everyone, I’m afraid I bear some sad news,’ Si began in the statement on Instagram.

He continued: ‘Most of you will know Dave has been fighting cancer for the past couple of years.

‘Last night, on 28th February 2024, with Lili, Dave’s wife, his family, close friend David and myself by his side, he passed away peacefully at home.

Hairy Biker and best friend to Myers, Si King thanked all those who took part (Picture: BBC)

He posted an emotional tribute when the news of Myers’ death broke earlier this year (Picture: BBC/South Shore Productions/Jon)

‘All who knew Dave are devastated at his passing. His beloved wife brought him such happiness as did her children, Iza and Sergiu who Dave loved like his own.

‘Personally, I am not sure I can put into words on how I feel at the moment.

‘My best friend is on a journey that for now, I can’t follow. I will miss him every day and the bond and friendship we shared over half a lifetime.

‘I wish you god’s speed brother; you are and will remain a beacon in this world. See you on the other side. Love ya.’

The statement continued: ‘I know Dave and his family would want me to thank all of you who sent messages of support in recent times.

‘It meant the world to him, his family and all The Hairy Bikers team.

‘I am sending you all much love and gratitude for those simple acts of kindness, generosity and spirit. We are eternally grateful for them.

‘May I ask you all for one further kindness and allow Lili, his wife, his family, close friends and I some time and some peace to process our huge loss.

‘I am sure I will see you all soon.’

Myers is survived by his wife Liliana Orzac, who he met in 2005, seven years after losing his fiancé Glen Howarth to stomach cancer.

Liliana and Myers married in 2011 with Si as best man. Myers is also survived by his two step-children, Iza and Sergiu.

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