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Hundreds say farewell to Dundrod crash road racer Jamie Hodson

Funeral in England for rider killed at Dundrod

By Staff Reporter

Hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their respects to a "beautiful" motorcyclist who brought a "wealth of happiness and love" to his family and friends.

Englishman Jamie Hodson (35) died on August 10 after being involved in a crash at the Dundrod 150 race at the Ulster Grand Prix.

The road racer won the Supertwins MGP race in 2016, which is held on the Isle of Man TT course.

He was saluted by dozens of fellow bikers, who paraded from yesterday's funeral service at the Holy Trinity Church in Ashton to St Helens crematorium.

His eulogy, read by a friend Steve, described Jamie as a "beautiful man, a noble man and a gentleman".

He said: "Jamie, you were a beautiful and loving son who we adored dearly and still do.

"He was the greatest brother anyone could hope for.

"Jamie's smile was something that set him aside from most of us.

"He never did any harm to anyone."

The sun shone for the funeral and many people piled into the church, packing it, so much so that some listened from outside.

Motorcyclists lined the procession to the service, placing their helmets at their feet as a mark of respect to Jamie and his family.

During the service a speech written by Jamie's long-term girlfriend Rachael Ellen McKay was read.

In it she said: "He was a credit to his mum and dad.

"He cared about so many others and went out of his way for people.

"He accepted me just as I was and we were always laughing.

"He is my soulmate. I truly believe I found the one. I miss him greatly.

"He didn't realise how many people thought so much of him, but he wouldn't because he was humble. This world is going to be a much emptier place without him."

A staunch Everton FC fan, his coffin was carried from the church to the theme tune of Z Cars, which welcomes the team onto the pitch at Goodison Park.

A second service was held at St Ninian's Church in Douglas on the Isle of Man yesterday afternoon.

Jamie's brother Rob was involved in the same crash but was not seriously hurt.

Gavin Lupton (37) from Otley in Yorkshire died on Monday from injuries sustained in a different crash on the same day.

There is further coverage of the funeral and motorbike salute on the Wigan Evening Post's website, visit www.wigantoday.net

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