MOTORCYCLISTS led the tributes to a biking enthusiast from Southwick who escorted the hearse and family car to West Wilts Crematorium on Thursday (October 26).

Headed by a brand new trike, the motorcyclists set off from the Farmhouse, which was close to Jamie Sutherland's house in Wynsome Street, to the funeral, where more than 200 people turned up to pay their respects at 1.45pm.

His wife Wanda said: "Jamie was a very popular man and was a keen motorcycle enthusiast. I so wanted his funeral to be a fitting occasion and appealed for motorcyclists to join in to give a fitting send off."

The funeral of Mr Sutherland, who died on October 6 at the age of 69 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, was followed by a gathering at the Farmhouse, the public house at Southwick where Jamie was a regular and made many social friends.

Mrs Sutherland also described her husband, who was a roofer and builder by trade, as a real people person who loved to socialise. She added he was very knowledgeable, popular and that he would be sadly missed.