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Solihull old soldier carried to funeral in sidecar hearse

A motorbike-mad pensioner was carried to his funeral in a hearse that had been specially converted into a sidecar

Horace Craythorne
Horace Craythorne

A motorbike-mad pensioner was carried to his funeral in a hearse that had been specially converted into a sidecar.

The family of Horace Craythorne, who died this month aged 97, thought it would be a fitting tribute to the old soldier from Solihull.

Rev Paul Sinclair drove the motorcycle combo along the snowswept roads to where family and friends were waiting to say a final farewell.

The unusual choice of transport was arranged by the father-of-three’s family, in recognition of his love of life on the open road.

“He always hated cars, and we didn’t like the idea of having a traditional hearse at his funeral,” said daughter Mari, who lives in Suffolk.

Born in Acocks Green, Horace was an army despatch rider in the Second World War - serving in Burma - and only gave up his licence at the age of 88.

His love of two-wheels saw him made an honorary member of the National Motorcycle Museum, at Bickenhill.

Friday’s funeral procession started at the Greville Arms pub, where Horace was a regular, and wended its way through the snow drifts to Robin Hood Crematorium.

 

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