WALES: Farewell to Taff; Bikers from around world in funeral tribute to Outlaw.
HUNDREDS of bikers from across the world rode into North Wales yesterday to pay their final respects to an "Outlaw" who died after drinking in a pub.
The "brothers" came from Wales, England, Europe, America, Australia and Japan to say farewell to Christopher Owen, of Llanddulas, who was known simply as "Taff".
Residents of Colwyn Bay looked on in amazement as hundreds of motorcycles - many of them Harley Davidsons and Triumphs - roared into town yesterday morning.
The machines were parked en masse outside St Paul's Church, where the funeral was held followed by burial at Bron-y-Nant cemetery, Mochdre.
Among the songs played at a service were I Am An Outlaw Man and Pink Floyd's Shine on You Crazy Diamond.
Taff, who lived in Station Road, Llanddulas, suffered a suspected heart attackwhile enjoying a night with fellow bikers at the Dulas Arms pub last Sunday. He was 49.
His fellow Outlaw, Dink, paid a colourful tribute to his friend.
"He was 6ft 5ins, weighed 35 stone and he loved a drink," said Dink.
"He was married a few times and had four kids."
Among the mourners were Taff's mother and family.
Most of the bikers were men, but women also joined the congregation.
Some wore helmets but others wore an assortment of hats ranging from top hats to bowlers, and their bodies were adorned with tattoos.
Many wore the colours of the Outlaw bikers' organisation, which has chapters all over the world.
Dink said: "Hundreds of bikers from Australia, America and everywhere in Europe have come to the funeral.
"I am a local lad. Taff was an Outlaw for 30 years. His ambition was to be an Outlaw.
"We are all bikers and abrotherhood.
"We go to each others' countries.
We respect each other and want to be in each others' company.
"We haven't just lost a mate, we have lost an Outlaw. It's a loss to the brotherhood. We're upset. His mum was crying. A lot of bikers were there. The Bay has never seen anything like it."
Dink said his fellow Outlaw had died "happy".
Last night, many of the Outlaws were holding a wake at the pub where Taff died.
Landlord Dave Spencer said: "Taff was a character. He was a gentle giant who liked a beer."
FOUNDED in 1969 on the North Wales coast, the chapter was then known as the Henchmen MC and spent many years fighting with other clubs in the area. Meetings were held in members' houses and outdoor partying was the norm.
The majority of motorcycles were Triumph, BSA and Norton. Many were home-customised.
The chapter had a notorious reputation, which resulted in many run-ins with local gangs
The Wales Outlaws was established in 1993 and joined the American Outlaw Association in 2000.
Bikers from across the globe turned up to pay their final respects to Christopher Owen of Llanddulas Pictures: RICHARD WILLIAMS; Taff - alias Christopher Owen
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Aug 1, 2007|
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