Belfast Telegraph

Bikers turn out to escort tragic race star home

By Amanda Poole

The body of motorcyclist Adrian McFarland arrived home in Northern Ireland on Saturday.

In a fitting tribute to the experienced rider from Plumbridge, near Omagh, a cavalcade of motorcycle riders flanked the hearse carrying his coffin, accompanying it from Randalstown roundabout to McFarland's Co Tyrone home.

The father-of-two, affectionately known as 'Ace', was killed in the Czech Republic when he crashed during a superbike race close to the town of Hradec Kralove on Saturday, August 27.

He is survived by his fiancee Avril, children Lyndsay and Tony, and parents Robert and Olive.

It took some time to repatriate the 41-year-old Ulsterman's remains and his funeral will take place today at 12.45pm at Badoney Presbyterian Church, between Newtownstewart and Gortin.

Hundreds of motorcycle fans are expected to attend.

Donations in lieu of flowers should be made to The Joey Dunlop Foundation and Dr Fred McSorley's Medical Team, payable to: Hood & Co Undertakers, 29 Main Street, Newtownstewart BT78 4AD.

Mr McFarland's death followed that of fellow motorcycle racer Wayne Hamilton (20) from Annaghmore, who was killed on his Yamaha 600cc at the Junior Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man.

His funeral was held in St Anthony's Church, Craigavon on Wednesday, , with burial taking place afterwards in St John's Cemetery, Lylo.

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