The biking community came out in force last week to give one of their own the send-off he truly deserved.

Around 150 motorcyclists provided an escort for Ivor Uren of Redruth last Thursday on his final journey to the Camborne Crematorium in a sidecar.

Ivor had suffered a massive stroke and a bleed on the brain 13 months ago, which resulted in him being bed ridden ever since in Burncoose Hospital and later in The Beeches Nursing Home Hayle where he eventually passed away on September 15, 2023.

A crowdfunding campaign was launched to raise money to hire the sidecar hearse for funeral.

The biker escort gathered at the Inn for All Seasons Redruth, waiting patiently for Ivor to arrive in a motorcycle hearse, with his coffin covered with Cornish Tartan and a single white rose on top from his partner Sandra Richards.

Falmouth Packet: Ivor's sidecar 'hearse'Ivor's sidecar 'hearse' (Image: David Saunby)

He was escorted by five MJMA (Martin Jennings Marshals Association) marshals, followed in a car by his partner Sandra, her daughter Jenna Harris and family members.

Ivor's final journey took him to Portreath and along the North Cliffs before arriving at the Camborne Crematorium for the 1pm service which was conducted by the Celebrant Carole Nicholas.

The Eulogy of Iver’s life was in two parts, with information provided by Ivor's lifelong friend Peter Exelby and Sandra, which included his motorcycle racing and his funny side for which he was well known.

David Saunby of the Martin Jennings Memorial Motorcycle Run also contributed by reading a short piece on his friendship with Ivor in recent years on behalf of the biker community.

However Ivor had the last laugh when the funeral cortege arrived at the crematorium. When the driver of the motorcycle hearse momentarily stopped on the slope leading down to the main door and dismounted to help one of the marshals behind turn his bike around, he left the motorcycle hearse which rolled forward about six feet, crashing into the marshal’s bike in front.

Falmouth Packet: Ivor Uren was escorted by fellow bikers on his final journeyIvor Uren was escorted by fellow bikers on his final journey (Image: Family handout)

It came to a rest as the hearse driver managed to once again take control. No damage was caused to either vehicle.


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Several of Ivor’s closest biker friends riding behind who saw it happen were chuckling to themselves, thinking that Ivor had something to do with it, and was up to his pranks again before finally arriving outside the crematorium door.

The wake was held at the Penventon Hotel where Fonzie provided the back ground music and PA for anyone wanting to tell their stories of their friendships with Ivor.

Colin Matthews of Camborne were the funeral directors, and donations were in aid of the Stroke Association.