'Danny's highs were higher than anyone else's' - speedway star's dad on son's 'demons'

The father of speedway star Danny Ayres says he's been overwhelmed by the support from friends and fans since his death - but insists his son did not get the help he needed from health workers during his life.

His comments came as crowds gathered at the Mildenhall Fen Tigers' stadium for the 33-year-old rider's funeral.

Danny, from Bury St Edmunds, is believed to have taken his own life. David Ayres said his son "had his demons" and had sought help but had been wrongly diagnosed.

Danny Ayres, who died earlier this year Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Danny wasn't depressed. I want to get that out there. He had his goals. But he had his demons that came in.

David Ayres, Danny Ayres' father
David Ayres, Danny's father Credit: ITV News Anglia

On Friday, crowds gathered at Mildenhall's speedway arena for Danny's funeral. His hearse did a lap of the track, followed by riders.

Those attending had all been asked to wear pink - and dress as though they were attending the speedway.

Mr Ayres said his family had been overwhelmed by the support shown since Danny's death.

He said his son - who had recently signed to ride with the Ipswich Witches in the Premiership - would have been "over the moon" to see how much love there was for him.

"The support we've got from everyone - thousands of messages. Speedway is like no other sport. They can go up to the riders. They talk to the riders before a meeting and after the meeting.

David Ayres