Dave Day sees people line M6 bridges for Hairy Bikers' Dave Myers as Si King pops in

Thousands of motorcyclists are riding on Dave Day to celebrate the life of Hairy Biker, Dave Myers. Here people wave at riders from a bridge. Many have done the same thing on the M6.
-Credit: (Image: Jacob King/PA Wire)

People across parts of Britain have taken the roads and motorways to pay tribute to Hairy Biker Dave Myers. Dave Day is expected to see around 20,000 people honour the Hairy Bikers legend.

Fellow Hairy Biker Si King, who today passed the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull as part of the special day, said: “It’s a celebration of my best friend that we’ve lost." His words came as people lined bridges on many parts of the M6 to watch as a procession passed in Dave's honour.

Myers’s widow Lili Myers told BBC Breakfast: “We have people coming from all over the country. We have people coming from Texas, from Malaysia, from all over Europe.

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“Oh, it’s endearing. It just helps me go through my process of grief. Because it just makes me feel that I’m not on my own with all this.

“He always cooked, that was his territory. I wasn’t allowed in the kitchen, just to clean the kitchen and, I tell you, he would cook for an hour, I will clean for two. He knew how to create a moment. That was his forte.”

Myers died in February at the age of 66 after suffering from cancer. Dave Day has been organised in his home town of Barrow-in-Furness today, Saturday, June 8, to celebrate his life.

A motorcycle procession is running from London to Barrow-in-Furness. There will also be a music concert and a service of remembrance.

The event will raise funds for cancer charities as well as the children’s charity the NSPCC. King, speaking to BBC Breakfast from north-west London on Saturday morning, said the event would be “very emotional”.

He added: “Everybody’s got that lovely Dave sartorial elegance about them, ie dodgy shirt. Some of them have had them specially printed, it’s remarkable. I mean, you wouldn’t buy a second-hand car from them, would you?”

King added: “It’s a celebration of my best friend that we’ve lost. And, yeah, it is, it’s very emotional.

“You never know how these things are going to impact you, you know - it is a celebration of Dave’s life. That’s why we’re here because he was so irritatingly positive all of the time.

"And we love him and that’s why we’re here.” King added he wants people to say they are having a “ Dave day ” instead of a “great day”.

Jason Woodcock, Dave Day organiser, told BBC Breakfast: “I went to see him the day before he passed. Lili asked me for a couple of bikes together for his funeral, which I did. Some of the guys that are here today were there as well.

"They got to the funeral, had a few beers as you would do. And then the idea came up during the conversation of let’s do a memorial ride.” He added the people in Barrow have been “amazing” - even offering spare rooms and gardens for people to camp in because there is no accommodation left.

Si King said around 20,000 people would take part. The star also issued a sobering warning about cancer.

“It doesn’t care who it takes," he said. "And that’s part of the reason that we’re here.

Hairy Biker Si King at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull, as he and thousands of others ride from London to Barrow ahead of Dave Day to celebrate the life of Hairy Biker, Dave Myers in his home town. Picture date: Saturday June 8, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SHOWBIZ HairyBikers. Photo credit should read: Jacob King/PA Wire

“We’re all like-minded folk, you know, and it’s diverse and it’s as varied as every motorcycle that you see, all the characters and personalities here are just great. That’s the whole thing about a journey, because motorcycling isn’t about A to B, it’s about the bit in the middle and that’s the bit of life that we all celebrate.

"That’s what it’s about.”

Biker Stan told BBC Breakfast he was diagnosed a year ago with cancer. He said the day would be “phenomenal”.

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