Bikers for guard of honour for motorbike-mad teen

Jamie Havern Credit: MEN Syndication

Hundreds of bikers formed a guard of honour to pay their respects to motorbike obsessed teenager.

Jamie Havern, from Lymm, Cheshire, died aged 18 after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year.

His family had issued an appeal for bikers around the north west to attend his funeral - to give him the send off that he would have loved.

And kind-hearted bikers did not disappoint. Hundreds of strangers replied to his mum Susie’s Facebook appeal.

They gathered outside his family home on Park Road in Lymm on Friday morning to escort the funeral procession to Altrincham Crematorium.

Some had even created personalised plates, carrying messages in memory of the tragic teenager.

Jamie’s family say the former pupil at Lymm High School was a massive biking enthusiast Credit: MEN Syndication

Jamie’s family say the former pupil at Lymm High School was a massive biking enthusiast.

He was diagnosed with the wasting disease during childhood and, despite a brave battle, his condition deteriorated. It was a second recent tragedy for the family, with Jamie’s father Scott Havern having died suddenly aged in his 30s about three months ago.

Daniel Murrell, a close friend of the family, told the Manchester Evening News:

It was all quite sudden, Jamie had only just turned 18. It was heartbreaking to see him because he was deteriorating so quickly. Mentally he was all there, he was seeing everything.

Daniel Murrell

Jamie, who started a college course in bricklaying before he became ill, leaves behind his mum Susan, and two young brothers and a younger sister.

The family said they were overwhelmed with the support received via an online funding appeal to pay for the funeral, which reached its £3,000 goal in about 48 hours.

Mr Murrell added:

Jamie was always full of beans, always playing out, the same as any other young lad. He was just a genuinely nice guy. He loved motorbikes, and that’s why there was the theme at the funeral. We were quite surprised at how many turned up in the end, part of the road had to be closed off.

Mr Murrell