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Two-wheeled tribute to Sandy

The motorcyclists' escort leaves Kennoway for Sandy Watson's funeral (picture by George McLuskie)

The motorcyclists' escort leaves Kennoway for Sandy Watson's funeral (picture by George McLuskie)

Motorbike enthusiasts gathered in Kennoway last week to say a respectful final farewell to one of their own.

Devotees of two-wheeled transport descended on the village in large numbers last Tuesday for the funeral of former Kennoway man – and fellow motor bike lover – Sandy Watson.

Symbolising the bond between motor cycle enthusiasts, regardless of whether they know each other or not, a fleet of riders formed a bikers’ cortege to follow the hearse from Sandy’s old home in Langside Drive to Kirkcaldy Crematorium.

The gesture marked a final ride-out for Sandy (52), who was tragically killed in a road collision in Orkney, where he had lived for the last year.

He was involved in an accident with two vans on April 23 while travelling on his motorcycle on the A961 Burwick to Kirkwall road.

Sandy worked as a tour bus driver and guide and he was highly commended in the UK Coach Driver awards last year.

He was born in Dundee but lived most of his life in Kennoway before moving to Orkney with his wife, Vicki.

Among the riders joining the escort, as a passenger on the lead bike, was Sandy’s young grandson, Ben Watson, who was particularly close to him.

A Facebook page set up in Sandy’s memory has hundreds of messages from people sharing fond memories of him.

His family is also urging everyone on the roads – drivers and bikers – to be safe and ‘Think Bike’.

His daughter, Janine, said she was deeply heartened by the number of enthusiasts who turned out, making the worst day of her life also one of the best.

“To see how many people showed up for him was one of the most touching things I have ever seen,” she said.

You can visit Sandy’s page at: www.facebook.com/GrumpsWatson.

 

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