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Beloved biker takes his final ride to funeral.

Byline: Neil Elkes Staff Reporter neil.elkes@trinitymirror.com

MIDLAND biker Andy Dennis has taken a final ride on his beloved Harley Davidson - all the way to the Pearly Gates.

The Tamworth motorcyclist loved his classic Harley so much that it was turned into a HEARSE for his funeral.

Andy had owned a Harley for four years, and always said the best times of his life were when riding the legendary machine.

So his family and friends had no hesitation when given the chance to have the classic bike take centre-stage at his funeral.

A sidecar was added to carry his coffin from Tamworth to Sutton Coldfield Crematorium.

Andy, of Monks Way, Amington died 'suddenly and unexpectedly' in hospital at the age of 51. He had suffered ill health for several years. According to his brother Justin, also a keen biker, Andy always said the best moment of his life was riding a Harley Davidson on holiday in Australia.

"He had gone out there with our mother Linda, but took some time out on his own to live the dream of any motorcyclist," said Justin, a former Special Branch police officer from Middlesex. "He would have loved this touch for his funeral.

"If we could get on the back of that Harley together, we would drive into the sunset and never return.

"But I do understand that Andy had a date at the Pearly Gates - and he hates being late."

Justin described his brother as 'a colourful chap' who, at his funeral, exited to Meatloaf 's Bat Out Of Hell.

"That's exactly what he would have wanted," said Justin. "Despite setbacks in his life, he kept his keen sense of humour and love of meeting people."

Andy worked as an accounts manager at Zero One Design in Tamworth for nine years. He was forced to leave through ill health, but counted his colleagues among his closest friends.

He was also a regular at the White Lion pub and a member of a local writers group.

Andy leaves another brother, Stewart, along with his father David and mother Linda.

The hearse was arranged by Tamworth Co-op's funeral division, where general manager Amanda Woodward said: "Personalised funerals have become extremely popular in recent times.

"In recent times we've organised everything from using a fire engine as a hearse to having a coffin decorated in a football club's colours.

"We always do our utmost to ensure that the wishes of a deceased person and their family are carried out, however challenging that might be."

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