Fitting send off for popular motorcyclist Dennis Pilon with hundreds of two-wheeled mourners

Hundreds of bikers gathered this afternoon (Friday) to escort Barnstaple motorcyclist Dennis Pilon to his final rest.

As promised by his family and following his final wish, the town was at a standstill while the convoy of motorcyclists followed Dennis’ coffin borne on a sidecar and pulled by his own beloved bike.

As requested by his family, many bikers wore a royal blue ribbon in honour of Dennis and it is understood some came from as far afield as North Wales, London, Oxfordshire and Derby.

They took a circular route from the family home at Zephyr Crescent on the way there and the way back, to take him around as much of Barnstaple as possible.

There were so many in the convoy, it took them five minutes to cross the Long Bridge.

His funeral took place at North Devon Crematorium and afterwards all the motorcyclists were invited to Barnstaple Rugby Club for a wake and impromptu bike show.

Dennis was a retired carpenter and died on September 14 aged 66 after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer just two weeks before.

He was a keen biker and a member of North Devon British Motorcycle Owners’ Club, taking part in numerous charity runs.

Bikers in Dennis Pilon's funeral procession make their way across Barnstaple's Long Bridge.Bikers in Dennis Pilon's funeral procession make their way across Barnstaple's Long Bridge.

He leaves behind his wife of 45 years Pat, daughters Sharon Neve and Elaine Geraghty, and four grandchildren.

Sharon said it was amazing when 50 bikers turned out to follow Dennis to the chapel of rest.

“It was such a comfort. The funeral director said he had never seen anything like it,” she said.

“He was just the biggest, most selfless man, and he’s going to leave a huge hole not only in the family, but in the community.

“Ride free my wonderful father - but I’m sure you’ve already gone through those gates on one wheel!”