Harley Davidson leads cavalcade of motorbikes on Pendle biker's final journey

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Around 200 mourners and a cavalcade of 40 motorcycles today paid their last respects to biker Steven Browne.

Steven (46) was killed in a tragic accident while out for a ride in Settle on his Triumph Tiger.

The Harley Davidson carrying the coffin of Steven Browne arrives at Burnley Crematorium for his funeral today.

The Harley Davidson carrying the coffin of Steven Browne arrives at Burnley Crematorium for his funeral today.

His coffin was carried by a Harley Davidson, the same bike that led the funeral cortege when Steven's father, Kevin, died four years ago.

Steven rode pillion for his father's send off and it was Steven's wife, Susan, who took that honour today for the final journey for her husband.

The couple had been together for 19 years but only tied the knot last year and next month would have celebrated their first wedding anniversary.

In a funeral that mirrored almost every detail of his father's, the procession started at Helliwell's Funeral Service in Colne and had a police escort to Burnley Crematorium.

Bikers who joined the funeral procession for Steven Browne

Bikers who joined the funeral procession for Steven Browne

Background noise from the Isle of Man TT races played as the mourners entered the crematorium. Steven was planning to make his first visit there next year.

A Manchester United fan, Nelson man Steven made his final journey in his full leathers.

Poignantly, Steven was planning to start training to join the North West Blood Bikers, something he was passionate about, and donations are being accepted in his memory.

A former pupil of St St John's Primary and the former Walton High schools in Nelson, Steven worked at Dawes William Reed mills.

Mourners gather to pay their last respects to Steven Browne

Mourners gather to pay their last respects to Steven Browne

In a joint statement Steven's sisters, Lisa and Jane, described their brother as "kind, loyal and funny."

They said: "Steven could cheer anybody up in a split second. He always kept us laughing and was forever making jokes.

"He was the most loving husband, brother, grandad, uncle, cousin and grandson that anyone could have wished for.

"Since his death we have discovered how many people knew Steven and considered him their friend.

"The messages of sympathy we have received has been quite overwhelming."