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John Hinds: Bikers and colleagues join road racing doctor's family in cortege convoy for one final lap of Tandragee 100 circuit

Hundreds of bikers have joined family, friends and colleagues of Irish road racing doctor John Hinds in a convoy tribute as they brought his remains home to Northern Ireland.

The Tandragee man's partner Janet Acheson rode pillion with John's colleague Dr Fred MacSorley as they led the cortege along the Belfast-to-Dublin motorway.

The convoy later took part in one final lap of the Tandragee 100 course which was his favourite circuit.

On completion of the lap, the family requested that the onward journey be accompanied by family only.

Earlier the family paid tribute on Tuesday saying the "world will be a poorer place without him".

Dr Hinds (35) was fatally injured while providing medical cover at a Skerries 100 practice session last Friday.

He was travelling behind the riders as they made their way around the course during the opening lap of the practice session when his bike crashed into a wall. An investigation into what happened is under way.

He was an anaesthetist at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh and he regularly worked at the North West 200 motorbike races in Co Antrim.

Dr Hinds and his colleague Dr McSorley were dubbed the "flying doctors" of Irish road racing.

Most recently the late Dr John Hinds saved the life of a North West 200 spectator who suffered serious head and leg injuries when she was caught up in a three-bike crash during the opening race in May.

Speaking for the first time following his death Dr Hinds' partner, parents and brothers thanked everyone for their kind thoughts and messages of sympathy.

They said: “The widespread support and acknowledgement of John’s work, both nationally and internationally, has been incredibly heartwarming and a great source of comfort to us all at this terribly sad time.

 "We are only now beginning to understand just how many lives John touched during his 35 action-packed years. John lived for his family, his patients and the biking fraternity. The world will be a poorer place without him.

 “The family would like to thank the media and all followers on social media. Your stories, photographs and films are proving a great source of comfort to us today and we anticipate in the dark days ahead.

They have vowed to fulfil Dr Hinds' dream of establishing a "doctor led helicopter emergency medical service and full trauma network in Northern Ireland".

Close friends and colleagues are welcome to Janet and John's home from 9am - noon on Wednesday and at John's family home at 4 Ballygarvigan Road, Portaferry on Wednesday July 8 from 5pm-10pm and from 11.30am on Thursday.

Friends and family are welcome to join the cortege from Ballygarvigan Road, on the three-mile journey to St Patrick’s RC Church, Ballyphilip Road, Portaferry, for requiem mass at 2pm and burial in the adjoining graveyard.

TUV MLA Jim Allister has renewed calls for the air ambulance service to be introduced in memory of Dr Hinds after a petition gathered over 25,000 signatures in the aftermath of his tragic death.

 To commemorate John’s legacy the family have said they would appreciate people to continue signing the petition here

Final journey


Around 5pm will passes Apple Green service station M1 north bound Castlebellingham.

Motorcyclists welcome to join family as they travel north to lap of Tandragee 100 course.

Wednesday July 8

Close friends and colleagues welcome to Janet and John's home from 9am-noon.

Close friends and colleagues welcome to John's family home at 4 Ballygarvigan Road Portaferry from 5pm-10pm and Thursday from 11.30am.


Friends and family welcome to join the funeral cortege from Ballygarvin Road on three-mile journey to St Patrick's RC Church Ballyphilip Road, Portaferry for requiem mass at 2pm.

Further reading

NW200 woman saved by Dr John Hinds calls for an air ambulance in his memory

Eamonn: Emergency helicopter could have saved dad

Motorcycling world mourning for 'Flying Doctor' John Hinds

Irish road racing doctor John Hinds dies after practice session crash in Republic 

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