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Young sons take turns to carry Coleraine dad's helmet as tragic biker laid to rest

By Nevin Farrell

Published 10/04/2015

Charlie Anderson with his dad’s helmet yesterday
Charlie Anderson with his dad’s helmet yesterday
David Anderson

Around 200 bikers rode in convoy through Coleraine to bid a final farewell to a motorcyclist tragically killed in an Easter week road accident.

Moments earlier 42-year-old David Anderson's young sons, Charlie and Lewis, poignantly took it in turns to carry their dad's motorcycle helmet as his coffin was carried from his home yesterday .

Mr Anderson, who is also survived by his partner Deborah, was from Ashbourne Park in Coleraine.

He died after his motorcycle was involved in a collision near Hannahstown on the outskirts of west Belfast on Easter Sunday.

Mr Anderson was killed on the Tornagrough Road, which forms part of the Ulster Grand Prix circuit which is run on closed public roads. It is a technically difficult section with hidden dips and tight bends.

The circuit course is popular with leisure bikers during the rest of the year as they follow the roads their motorcycle heroes race on during the summer.

A big fan of the North West 200 motorbike races in the Coleraine area, Mr Anderson was also well-known to fans of the iconic Harley Davidson marque as he previously worked for the firm in Northern Ireland.

The Belfast Harley-Davidson Facebook page said: "He was such a lovely, unique guy who would do a favour for anyone, and I really can't believe he's gone."

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