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Fans raise a glass or six to Lemmy on day of Motorhead frontman's funeral

Published 10/01/2016

Motorhead fans at a memorial event for Lemmy at the Wig and Gown in north London
Motorhead fans at a memorial event for Lemmy at the Wig and Gown in north London

Motorhead fans across Britain flocked to pubs to pay tribute to Lemmy and watch the frontman's funeral.

Friends and fans "raised a glass or six" to the late rocker at a special event at the Wig and Gown pub in Holloway, north London.

Friends of Lemmy's regaled punters with anecdotes about his life before they watched his funeral livestreamed from America.

Akin Arrowsmith, 31, a barman from north London, was among those who got to the bar early for tonight's event.

He said: "I have been listening to Motorhead since I was about seven or eight.

"I was gutted when I heard Lemmy had died. My mum phoned me up and asked me if I was OK. I was lying in bed and had tears in my eye.

"We are going to give him a proper Motorhead send off - loud, messy and full of random chaos."

Suzanne Baker-Downes, a friend of Lemmy's who organised the memorial at the pub, said she had been "completely inundated" by thousands of people who wanted to attend.

She said: "Lemmy was a very popular guy."

Around 150 Lemmy fans, many wearing black Motorhead t-shirts and leather jackets, descended on the Holloway pub to pay their respects to the 70- year-old who died over Christmas.

Motorhead classics including Ace of Spades blared out over the speakers before friends of Lemmy gave euologies from the front of the bar.

Ms Baker-Downes said: "I first met Lemmy at the Hippodrome rock night in January 1989.

"Upon being introduced Lemmy asked me 'Do you want to do some speed and come back to mine to look at my spiral staircase?'

"Bearing in mind I was 21 and straight off the Canadian banana boat I was scared stiff.

"I said 'No! And by the way we do have stairs in Canada you know.'

"Lemmy laughed himself silly and asked for my phone number and the rest is history.

"Let's just say that eventually I did indeed go to see that staircase."

A roady who introduced himself just as Dave and worked for the band for seven years said: "You will hear a lot of things about Lemmy - icon, legend. All that is true.

"He was the best boss I ever had or will have, and more importantly he was a friend."

Fans wept as they watched his funeral.

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