Dave Myers' widow Lili shares heartbreaking 'beyond the grave' message after memorial ride

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
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The widow of Hairy Biker Dave Myers and his long-time friend Si King led a procession of thousands of bikers across the country today in tribute to the late TV star. The ride started from London, where Dave lived, and ended in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, where Dave was born.

It was a mega tribute to the TV star who passed away earlier this year from cancer aged 66. It was estimated by the organiser of 'Dave Day', Jason 'Woody' Woodcock, that up to 30,000 riders had participated in the final leg.

Bridges over the M6 and A590 to Barrow were packed with spectators eagerly waiting for the cavalcade of bikes to pass. Stops along the route included the National Motorcycle Museum in Coventry.

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Hairy Biker Dave Myer's emotional widow Lili thanked the 'phenomenal' effort of the bikers. Lili, who rode pillion on Woody's bike from Knutsford, said: "Dave was always a Barrovian through and through. He wanted to put Barrow on the map and from beyond the grave, he has done it."

Dave passed away in February at the age of 66 due to cancer and since then, organisers have set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for NSPCC Childline and the Institute for Cancer Research in his honour. As of 7pm, they had more than doubled the intended target of £15,000 with pledges of more than £38,000.

In a conversation with the BBC, Lili shared how the preparations for Dave Day have been instrumental in her grieving process. She said: "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.

"But at the same time, it is quite difficult because it reminds me every moment of what has happened. He taught me so many things, to just live every moment to the fullest, don't let anything bring you down. We just had so many adventures together and that was fuelled by his creativity, fuelled by his energy. He carried me a long way and he just gave that energy to me, and it just shows now after he has passed."

Speaking to BBC Breakfast from north-west London on Saturday morning, King described the event as a 'celebration of my best friend that we've lost' and admitted it 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 reiterated: "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."