As many will have recently read, the North West Blood Bikes Lancs & Lakes group lost one its members Russ Curwen in a tragic road accident. The impact of this very sad loss was felt most immediately by his family and within his group, but also across the entire Blood Bike family.
On Friday 18th May there was a fitting tribute paid to Russ and his family as hundreds of liveried blood bikes, along with other group members riding their own bikes made the journey from all over the UK and Ireland to escort his funeral cortege. Reading the numerous posts on Facebook it was clearly a very emotional event, with Police officers saluting the hearse and bikes as they passed. The traffic patiently waiting for the procession to pass by and both locals and the hospital staff standing along the roadside to pay their respects.
Two of our group; Andy Bryant and Phil Palmer made the journey North, meeting with other groups en route to pay their respects and those of all the LRBB family. A very sad day, but the sheer scale of the numbers in attendance show what an incredibly strong community the blood bike family is and I believe that I speak on behalf of my colleagues in sending our deepest sympathy and condolences to Russ’s family and colleagues and we thank and salute all those riders taking part on the day.
RIP Russ Curwen
(source:Photos shared by various groups, including Blood Bikes Dublin)