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Motorbike enthusiasts from across Scotland gather to pay respects to Highland biker who died suddenly

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The funeral of a motorbike enthusiast took place with outriders coming from across Scotland to help mourn a man they never knew.

More than a dozen bikers, known as brothers and sisters, helped make the final wish of John McCaffrey come true by riding alongside him on his final journey between Alness and Invergordon yesterday.

An unusual funeral motor cycle funeral bike and side car was used to take the coffin from the family home in Alness.

It was followed by a cortege including a family cars and the many outriders who has answered the call from his daughter Jacqueline McCaffery to make enough noise “for the roar of a bike to be heard in heaven”.

Despite not knowing any motorcyclists who could come to the funeral, Jacqueline was delighted when 15 riders came along to lay her father to rest.

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Mc McCaffrey, who is more used to giving help through her charity A Helping Hand in the Highlands was visibly moved that so many riders came out to see her dad to his final resting place.

She told the P&J: “I promised my dad I would ask for people to come. I have done that and we were delighted with everyone who came to support us.”

Last week Jacqueline made a plea for motorbike riders to come along and support her father last wish.

Her father, John, had died suddenly in late November.

Jacqueline explained: “My father was a devoted biker all his life, the road was his life, he lived by the Brother’s Code.

“On November 29 we suddenly lost our father. He died with his family around him. We did our best to bring him back – but it just wasn’t enough.

“My father cheated death a couple months before, so thankfully I managed to find out what he would like most at his send off.

“My father wasn’t happy unless he was riding for something and I asked him if he would want bikers at his funeral and I have never seen someone look so happy about this thought.”

Townsfolk from Alness had also helped Jacqueline and her family raise money for her father’s funeral. With locals, from Milnafua and beyond, raising more than £180 towards his funeral through a crowdfunding page.

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