HUNDREDS of bikers are expected to take part in a ride-out in memory of Redditch man Nigel Shakespeare.
Mr Shakespeare, or Shaggy, as he was known to his friends, died following an incident in Sillins Avenue, in Lakeside, on Sunday, February 24. He was walking home from the Kings Arms pub with his partner when it happened.
Three youths have since been charged with manslaughter and released on bail.
Childhood friend and fellow biker Andy Pyatt said: “The reason for holding this ride is two-fold. We want to raise money for Nigel’s partner, to help with the funeral expenses, but we also wanted to hold it so that the biking community can remember him.
“He was formerly chairman of the 1066 motorcycle club, and is known by members from clubs all over the region. We can’t say how many bikers will be taking part, but we think it might be near to 500.”
Within just days of Mr Pyatt posting information about the ride on Facebook, approximately 200 people messaged to say they would be attending.
Mr Shakespeare and Mr Pyatt lived near each other, and attended school and college together, as well as sharing a love of motorcycles.
Mr Pyatt said: “He was genuine, a really great bloke with a lot of friends who he cared for, and will be really missed by everyone who knew him.
“He was involved with supporting the National Association for Bikers with a Disability (NABD) and took part in many charity events with all of us, including Ryan’s Ride.
“We hope this ride-out will be a way of remembering him, by doing something he loved so much - riding motorbikes.”
Shaggy’s Ride of Remembrance will be leaving Hopwood Park Services at 10am on Saturday, March 23, going to Bridgnorth Bikers Cafe. The cost is £5 per biker.
Anyone who doesn’t wish to take part in the ride, but wishes to donate, can do so at The Kings Arms in Redditch, The Royal Oak in Studley and at Doug’s Cycles in Studley.