Dozens of bikers will line the streets of Blackpool in memory of a beloved husband who passed away suddenly aged 53.
Chris Pilkington was found at home by his devastated wife Julie after the couple spent almost 30 years together.
Chris and Julie moved in together just weeks after meeting in the pub where she worked and spent the next three decades together.
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The couple shared a passion for music and enjoyed regular camping breaks, while Chris also worked hard at improving their home where his creations included a huge chicken coop. He also built Julie her own Fender Stratocaster guitar.
After his shock passing on December 28, she is now organising a ‘last ride’ to provide a fitting send off to the keen biker. Dozens of motorbikes, led by a trike, will join in the funeral cortège as Chris is taken to Carleton Cemetery and Crematorium next Thursday.
The bikes will then line up in a guard of honour to style to perform a ‘rev off’ as the funeral car passes by.
Julie is encouraging others to join in the last ride, with those interested simply asked to meet at the Co-op Funeralcare on Whitegate Drive at 9.15am on January 20.
The couple first met in surreal circumstances when Julie, now a care worker, was working in a pub on Lytham Road.
She said: “I worked behind the bar when he came in. There’s a group of people called the South Shore Posse, he was one of the originals. They were mucking about in the snooker room and I went in to tell them to stop.
“He was holding a beer mat so I said ‘if you throw that beer mat at me, I’ll throw this glass ashtray at you.
“He did throw it so I threw the ash tray – it never actually hit him.
“A few weeks later, we’d moved in together.”
Julie added: “We got told we’d never last and we outlasted the people who said that.”
Chris grew up in Blackpool and the couple lived together there throughout their relationship. During that time, they had three beloved dogs – Hanx, Honey and Honder.
They enjoyed regular camping trips, most often to Dent in Yorkshire, where Chris would also like to visit on his own during impulsive trips on his motorbike.
A big music lover, Chris’s interests ranged from Neil Diamond to Arctic Monkeys and everything in between and he was a regular at music festivals such as Glastobury and V Festival.
Remembering Chris, Julie said: “He was very private, he didn’t want people knowing about everything.
“He had a very dry sense of humour and if he didn’t like you, he’d just say ‘I don’t like you’.
“It was mostly just me and him and our camping friends. If he trusted you, you’d got to be a good friend.”
Chris’s love for music saw him teach himself to play the guitar, though only a select few got to hear his talents.
Julie said: “He thought he wasn’t good but he was. I was listening once and I thought ‘he’s got that bloody song on again’. I thought he was watching the TV but it was actually him.
“If we went camping, he’d play but he always said ‘oh I’m not going on stage or anything like that’.
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