RIDE 4 HAYLEY
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Hayley's Family & Friends
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The Ride 4 Hayley
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Dockgate 20 Pre Ride
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Sunday 19th was a day of extremes for me.
was thankful for a cloudless sky when I drew back the curtains on
the sunday morning and ecstatic when over 120 bikes Harleys thundered
into Dockgate from all over the region and beyond to ensure this special day for Hayley
would exceed her wildest expectations but ultimately I was
humbled by the awesome spirit of the young lady who inspired me and
everyone present to be a part of this event
Hayleys' face when she caught site of the massed hordes of Harleys and they spontaneously revved engines and saluted her with their horns was an absolute delight. The brilliant sunshine created a perfect backdrop for a breeze through Romsey town centre and then out across the New Forest to Lyndhurst before doubling back to DG20. The autumnal colours of the trees straining at the leash for the release of Spring supplied a stunning backdrop for Max and I as we did our best to capture everyone on the ride for posterity.
Unfortunately the best laid plans can't take account of mishaps so commiserations to the guy who dropped his bike on a roundabout leaving Romsey and those who abandoned the ride to help him or were unable to catch up with the main ride (which rolled on blissfully unaware) as a result - I know you were with us in spirit !
A round of applause greeted Ed and Hayley
on their return to Dockgate where I presented her with a Harley 'goodie bag'
to explore whilst
we rallied the troops for a commemorative group photo and the Echo
photographer did his thing for the local rag . For the record Max and I took over 400 shots
throughout and the best of them are featured in the galleries above. I'm
also putting together a special presentation album and framed print for Hayley as a momento.
I'm indebted to Ed
for supplying Hayley’s wheels , Bee, Phil C. Cap’n Bob , Jilly and all the road crew
, Bob Tile, DG 20 & John Boy for the contents of Hayley's goodie bag and to
everyone for the energy and enthusiasm that made this such an
emotionally satisfying day for me personally and an overwhelming success
in human terms I hope for everyone present
Alternatively if you would like a hard copy print these are available at cost as a token of my deep appreciation call or e-mail me with your requirements
Read 21/03/06 Southampton Echo coverage of the ride here !
Hayley passed away peacefully in her sleep at her
home Thursday 20th April 2006 at 6.52 a.m.
Hayley had requested that no black to be worn at her funeral as she loved bright colours so much. As a result her coffin bearers wore white and pink . She also chose the music she wanted played at her funeral including a song by KT Tunstall as she didn't want (her words) a 'dreary service'. Bee and I attended to 'represent' New Forest HOG' at this remarkable young lady's passing and thought you might like to share gob smacking moments as her horse drawn hearse draws into the abbey and hundreds of pink are balloons are released (after the service) in recognition of the freedom of her spirit
In the month before her death Hayley committed to allowing the BBC to
film her on a number of occasions to reflect her determination to live her
life to the full despite the few weeks she had left to enjoy it. As a
testimony to her spirit Kim (Hayleys mum) advises me that this program is
due to be aired on Monday 11th September 2006 on BBC1 - 'Inside Out' at 7.30