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Bikers in guard of honour as sidecar coffin taken into funeral
Hundreds of headlights lit up the road ahead for biker Michael Flett's final journey.

Draped in a flag of St George, his coffin was carried in a sidecar so that he could "listen to the noise of the bike.”

The giant cortege from the family home in Northfield to Lodge Hill Crematorium was headed by five Midland Freewheelers’ ‘blood bikes’ in honour of the money Michael had raised for the charity.

The bikers then revved the coffin into the service at full throttle.

Michael, who made it his mission to put smiles on faces, died aged 75 on January 10, 2019 - the birthday of his eldest son, Gary.

Usually to be found dressing up as Santa every December, Michael was told on Christmas Eve that he had three to six months to live after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. See the full article on: birminghammail.co.uk

But after lasting just days into the New Year, his family were determined to give him the ultimate send-off - with a full-scale biker's funeral.

The service was attended by Michael's wife, Christine, and sons Gary and Steven.

So many people were due to attend the funeral, a broadcasting system was provided to relay the service outside of the 150-capacity crematorium. The choice of songs included the middle of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now, the intro to The Rolling Stones’ Paint it Black and the outro to Jasper Carrott’s Funky Moped.

The family had 1,000 remembrance photographs printed for mourners.

A wake was later held at BOF (Boring Old Fartz) at Birmingham and Solihull Rugby Club off Forshaw Heath Lane. Who was Michael Flett Born in Poole in 1943, Michael learned to drive larger vehicles in the Army and he went on to drive commercial trucks, buses and coaches.

But his passion was always the life on two wheels.

Steven said: "Dad was born a character. “When people retire they usually slow down, but dad sped up and lived life to the full.

"Dad had four bikes including a Harley-Davidson he had long coveted.

"He learned to drive (trucks) in the Army and was known as ‘the master of the roads’."

Companies he worked for included LEP International and Mereway, delivering top-end kitchens for John Lewis until he had back problems. He then joined Halesowen-based Kings Norton Coaches.

“Dad knew all the backroads of London and nobody could get across the city faster," Steven added.

“Companies he worked for included LEP International and Mereway, delivering top-end kitchens for John Lewis until he had back problems.

“He then joined Kings Norton Coaches, which is actually based in Halesowen.

“From there, he was the driver for the Big Brum Buz open-top bus tours.”

Sue Behan, who used to run the Big Brum Buz, added: “Michael was the most wonderful, kind, helpful man." Making a funeral fun Steven said he wanted the funeral to be a true celebration of a life well lived.

He even took along a chimpanzee puppet which Michael had bought during a return visit to his Dorset birthplace in 2011. If he wasn't dressed up as Santa then Charlie, as the chimp was known, became Michael's favourite way of 'breaking the ice' with sick children during his fundraising efforts.

Speaking just before the funeral service began, Steven said: “We're all celebrating the life of Michael Flett telling stories and the odd jokes.

"Strange thing to say but we hope everyone enjoys the day and remembers to ask: “What would Sir Michael Do?”

For more information about personalised funerals, visit: Mortons Funeral Directors

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