50 years ago I had a Lambretta 150, a fur lined parka, and no crash helmet. In the mining village of South Elmsall I considered myself the business, chisel shoes (never winklepickers), crimpeline tie, and Ben Sherman shirt.
Motorcyclists represent 1% of traffic yet account for up to 20% of the deaths and serious injuries on our roads. Motorcyclists involved in accidents are 40 times more likely to be killed than car drivers.
So it was that 35 years ago today my young niece Stephanie was killed in a motorcycle accident in Thanet.
The tragedy resulted in a magnificent funeral, but scarred forever the lives of her three brothers, and her dad (my beloved brother Malcolm) and mum.
We miss you Stephanie. Andy Gibb was top of the hit parade when you died, with “I just want to be your everything”. Andy died in 1988, and I guess you’ll be accompanying him in heaven’s choir.