Mo­tor­cy­cle cav­al­cade hon­ours top rider Paul

Macclesfield Express - - BARNABY FESTIVAL -

MORE than 100 rid­ers formed a fu­neral pro­ces­sion for top mo­tor­cy­clist Paul Shoe­smith.

Dad-of-four Paul, 50, from Poyn­ton, was killed dur­ing a TT Race prac­tice ses­sion on June 4.

A pro­ces­sion of biker friends and fans fol­lowed the fu­neral pro­ces­sion from his home to Mac­cles­field Cre­ma­to­rium on June 22.

Friend and busi­ness part­ner James Whitham, 49, said the fu­neral was the ‘per­fect send-off’.

He said: “I lost count of the num­ber of bikes but there was over 100 as well as Ice Val­ley team lor­ries in the pro­ces­sion. It was im­pres­sive.

“The ser­vice heard from a few of us that knew him best. His chil­dren did him proud and spoke very well. We then had some­thing like a party and told tales of our times with Paul. He would’ve ap­proved. It was the per­fect send-off.

“Shoey, as I knew him, was my friend for 25 years. He was funny, chirpy lad, who would find the fun in every­thing. He was great to be around and I will miss him.”

Sup­port­ers via www. go­ PaulShoeyShoe­smith have raised al­most £5,500 for Paul’s fam­ily, in­clud­ing wife Janet Cow­den and his four chil­dren.

●● The body of Paul Shoe­smith was trans­ported by mo­tor­cy­cle hearse. Above: Paul was a tal­ented rider

●● Paul Shoe­smith died dur­ing TT prac­tice

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