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Bike ace Mike goes out with a bang; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: By JIM LAWSON

FORMER motorbike racer Mike George's ashes were blasted into the sky above the North Sea yesterday.

The father-of-two's ashes were spooned into 10 bags, attached to 10 rockets and launched from Loth Beach, near Helmsdale, Sutherland.

Ex-garage owner Mike was 68 when he died from asthma in April.

His widow Maggie, 66, originally from Glasgow, said: "We live in Cheshire but we have a caravan on the beach. We have been coming here on holiday for 30 years and it's where he proposed to me.

"When Mike was in hospital he joked about having his ashes spread on Loth Beach."

But it only became a reality after Maggie told caravan park owner Michael Dudgeon about her husband's request.

He had rockets made to make her wish come true.

Maggie said: "It was a great idea. My Mike would have loved it. He used to race motorbikes and, although he was never famous, he was well known on the circuit.

"This would have been right up his street."

Michael said: "Mike George was terrific.

"As an ex-motorbike racer it was appropriate he went on his last high-speed ride with a cheer and lots of style."

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Ashes to ashes: Widow Maggie prepares to launch; Fond farewell: Mike
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