Lap of the track marks start of speedway star Danny Ayres' funeral

Friends and family of a talented speedway rider have said goodbye to him - with a lap around the track at Mildenhall.

The sport was shocked when Danny Ayres was found dead two weeks ago at the age of 33. His family believe he took his own life.

Danny Ayres Credit: Ipswich Witches

Danny was born in Bury St Edmunds and had just sealed his dream move to ride with Premiership side Ipswich Witches having previously captained Mildenhall Fen Tigers in the National League.

On Friday, February 14, his former club hosted his funeral.

It began with the hearse doing a poignant lap of the track, followed by his teammates on their bikes.

Riders followed behind the hearse as it completed a lap of the track Credit: ITV News Anglia
Riders followed behind the hearse as it completed a lap of the track Credit: ITV News Anglia

Danny's family asked everyone attending to where pink - and dress as though they were attending the speedway.

A celebration of the rider's life is expected to continue throughout the afternoon.

Riders followed behind the hearse as it completed a lap of the track Credit: ITV News Anglia

Following news of his death, tributes poured in on social media from fellow riders - including Ipswich Witches teammate Danny King who described him as a "great bloke" and a "real character."

The team has since dedicated the season to his memory.

Danny came into the sport relatively late, only pursuing a speedway career in 2014 after making the switch from motocross.

British Speedway said the Suffolk rider "was everything good about the sport".

"He was an entertainer, had time for every fan, never walked away from a photograph or autograph and I was so looking forward to having him at Scunthorpe this year, as was Chris Louis at Ipswich.

Rob Godfrey, Chairman of the British Speedway Promoters’ Association

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