'Well loved' charitable Nottinghamshire grandad to be honoured with motorbike funeral convoy

Kevin was a keen motorcyclist
-Credit: (Image: Bev Knowlden)

A "well-loved" Nottinghamshire grandad who spent countless hours raising money for charity will be honoured with a convoy of motorcycles at his funeral. At least 30 riders are expected to turn out for Kevin Knowlden, who died from bowel cancer on Tuesday, May 14.

The 69-year-old from Carlton was described as a "very very popular man" by his family, who said he did "non-stop" work for various charities. "He was well-loved. He's a good man, well respected in the community who put others before himself, a guy you could get on with," said his wife of 35 years, Bev, 64.

"He had a lot of stories to tell, sometimes people would say 'don't spend too long talking to Kev you'll never get away'." Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Kevin moved to Nottingham in 1985 via a London upbringing.

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He soon met Bev at the Royal Hotel (now Crowne Plaza) in the city centre, where he worked as the executive chef and she a salad prepper. Bev said the last few weeks of Kevin's life were "hard", adding: "For the last three weeks I never left his side, I stayed 24/7 until he took his last breath."

Members of motorcyclist group the Lost Riders Club, which Kevin was once president of, will travel in a convoy from Westdale Lane to Gedling Crematorium on June 7. Around 30 riders have signed up for the convoy, but a rally scheduled in Doncaster for the same day could see at least a dozen more show up.

Kevin and Bev Knowlden
Kevin and Bev Knowlden were married for 35 years -Credit:Bev Knowlden

"It's going to be a big one I tell you, it looks like it could be at least 40 bikes," said Ms Knowlden. "It will be quite emotional, Kevin touched their hearts. He was a very very popular man and it will be a good send off."

Kevin's son, Jamie, said his dad was "massive" on bikes. "From the first day I remember he always had a bike, he did a lot of fundraising for the club, he was non-stop," said the 43-year-old.

"He was generally just a nice guy who did anything for anybody. He was a great grandad, he was amazing and taught me a lot."

Jamie added that Kevin "did so much work for charity", which including helping organise the annual Great Nottingham Duck Race at the River Trent and fundraising as Santa for Carlton Rotary Club for more than 10 Christmases.