17th Oct, 2017

World-wide tributes to biker killed near Stratford on Avon

Stratford Editorial 12th May, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

BIKERS round the world have paid tribute to a motorcyclist who died following a crash near Stratford.

Paul Wilkes from Shirley was killed when his Suzuki VZR 1900 was involved in a crash, involving a car and a van, on the A3400 Stratford Road between Wootton Wawen and Stratford at 4.30pm on Saturday May 3.

Emergency crews, including an air ambulance, rushed to the scene, but were unable to save the 59-year-old.

Speaking to The Observer this week Mr Wilkes’ heartbroken family, through eldest son Richard, said he would be dearly missed.

“Dad was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, son and stepfather.

“We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all the people who tried so hard to help at the scene, including fellow bikers and off-duty nurses.”

Meanwhile tributes from across the world have also flooded in to the Black Pistons Mototcycle Club (BPMC), of which Mr Wilkes – known among friends as ‘Sandboy’ – was a member.

A post from BMPC Birmingham posted the day after the tragedy read: “Sad to lose our Brother Sandboy. Not enough words to write down the emotions we are going through. RIP Sandboy and ride free in our BP Forever Chapter…..GBNF.”

A post from the Cotswolds division of the club read: “Sandboy, you will be missed and always in the the hearts and minds of your brothers as long as there is a Black Pistons patch worn in this world.

“Deepest and heartfelt sympathies go out to your family, your closest brothers and friends at this very difficult time.”

Hundreds of other tributes from the BPMC came from the USA, Belgium, Wales, Merseyside, the Channel Islands and Germany among others.

Police investigating the incident are still appealing for witnesses and anyone with information is asked to contact PC Dave Findon on 01926 415415.

Tributes from across the world have flooded in for Shirley biker Paul Wilkes.

Police are still appealing for witnesses. 20.014.014.strat.jm3

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