A MOTORCYCLE enthusiast was given a fitting send off yesterday in a unique hearse.
Helen Hatfield, of Blacon, died aged 53 in February after a 12 year battle with breast cancer. She was a big fan of motorcycles having first ridden one when she was 14, and her love of motorcycless meant she and her partner, Keith Lloyd, from Blacon, spent six years in Spain testing Triumph motorcycles for the Spanish newspaper the Costa Blanca News.
Yesterday a small procession of Triumphs and Harley Davidsons’ ridden by Miss Hatfield’s close friends followed a Triumph and sidecar hearse through the city centre going past the Town Hall, Bill Smith Motors and Westminster Park before going to Blacon Crematorium for the funeral.
Mr Lloyd, Miss Hatfield’s partner for 20 years, said it was a “fitting tribute” and said he got the idea after seeing it on TV soap Emmerdale.
He said: “We saw it on Emmerdale and she said it was a good idea. We didn’t know anyone who actually did it but I found a company and there was three options for the bike. I had to go for the Triumph because we used to review them together.
”She was a wonderful woman and we had so much in common.”
Mr Lloyd said he and Miss Hatfield would ride for hundreds of miles from their home in Calpe, near Benidorm, to Madrid and into the mountains to review the bikes and only stopped when Helen’s cancer became worse. He said: “While we lived there we had to keep coming back to Britain for her treatment so we ended up moving back.
“In June she had a seizure and that was it really. She died at home on February 27.”
Miss Hatfield, originally from Melton Mowbray, worked in the catering business before moving to Spain with Mr Lloyd.