Biker funeral for Cheddar teen Jake Douglas
by Ian Mat
Motorbike mad teenager Jake Douglas of Cheddar was given a bikers’ send off at Weston Crematorium on Friday.
Thanks to George Williams Funeral Directors, the 18-year-old’s coffin was transported via Triumph and followed by a convey of friends from Scally’s biker bar in Weston-Super-Mare.
Behind Jake’s bike followed a pair of Blood Bikes – ex-police motorbikes adapted to carrying blood and medical supplies between hospitals free of charge by volunteers – and about 20 others on a variety of two wheelers.
The bikers briefly stopped at Scally’s before being joined by Mr Douglas’ family in a hearse and setting off for the crematorium, driving past the pier and along Kewstoke Road.
Upon arrival, some 100 friends and family entered the crematorium to Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild before friend Ian Bristow revealed “the room lit up” whenever Jake walked in and that he was a “kind, straight forward guy”.
He revealed the Triumph he rode in today was originally eyed up by Jake and ended his tribute with: “See you on the other side, mate.”
Those gathered were sent off to the tune American Pie by Don McLean.
A retiring collection was held for the Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service.
Mr Douglas died after a collision between himself, a van and a car on a bend at Clewer between Cheddar and Wedmore on April 29 – five days before his 19th birthday.
A qualified mechanic, he had just been accepted to Swansea University for a degree course in motorbike mechanics.