Hairy Biker 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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Si King, a long-time friend of the late Dave Myers of Hairy Bikers and his widow were at the lead of a massive motorbike procession today as they honoured the beloved TV star. The tribute ride kicked off in London, where Dave resided, wrapping up in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, Dave's birthplace.

This grand honour for the television personality, who sadly passed away earlier this year from cancer at 66, had an estimated participation of around 30,000 riders for its final stretch, according to Jason 'Woody' Woodcock, the organiser of 'Dave Day'.

Crowds eagerly flooded bridges over the M6 and A590 leading to Barrow as they eagerly awaited the impressive spectacle of bikers passing by. Locations on the route included the renowned National Motorcycle Museum in Coventry.

The 'phenomenal' turnout of riders was greatly appreciated by Lili, the emotional widow of Hairy Biker Dave Myer. From Knutsford, she accompanied Woody pillion.

Addressing the crowd, she 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.", reports Birmingham Live.

A fundraising campaign towards NSPCC Childline and the Institute for Cancer Research was set up in memory of Dave who succumbed to cancer back in February aged 66. By 7 pm, the campaign had surpassed the initial target of £15,000 and had garnered pledges amounting to over £38,000.

In a heartfelt interview with the BBC, Lili opened up about how organising Dave Day has been a crucial part of her healing journey. She expressed: "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."

During an emotional segment on BBC Breakfast from north-west London on Saturday morning, King spoke of the day as a 'celebration of my best friend that we've lost' and acknowledged the event would be 'very emotional'. He remarked: "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 emphasised again: "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."