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Remembrance motorbike run for Stowmarket child William Warren

PUBLISHED: 08:08 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:24 13 October 2017

Remembrance bike run in memory of Stowmarket child William Warren who died in a road accident. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Remembrance bike run in memory of Stowmarket child William Warren who died in a road accident. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

More than 60 motorcyclists took part in a rally to mark the sixth anniversary of the death of a Stowmarket boy.

It has been six years since William Warren passed away. Picture: SIMON PARKERIt has been six years since William Warren passed away. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Betweeen 60 and 80 motorcyclists rode past the spot where 10-year-old William Warren was involved in a road accident.

Their route took them from Needham Market’s Beacon Hill service station and past Navigation Approach where the accident happened.

William’s family were waiting on the bridge yesterday to meet the bikers.

His dad, Timothy Warren, said: “The ride was fantastic again this year, the bikers rallied around us again.

Remembrance bike run in memory of Stowmarket child William Warren who died in a road accident. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNRemembrance bike run in memory of Stowmarket child William Warren who died in a road accident. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“The bike run is very important to us to raise awareness of the issues of the bridge. There are still a lot of children crossing over that bridge and I would hate any other parent to have to go through what we have.

“The East Anglian Air Ambulance turned up today and they also attended William’s accident. We think they do a wonderful job and we are glad the bike run can raise some funds for the charity.

Mr Warren was overwhelmed with the support he received from the bikers.

He said: “One motorbike rider today came all the way from Sailsbury. It was a three-hour-run to come down and support us. She was a complete stranger who had just read about the event on Facebook.

The family of William Warren, sister Kate (L to R), mum Tracey and father Tim with Williams friend Jess Chaplin who was with William when he was knocked over in Stowmarket in 2011. Picture: SIMON PARKERThe family of William Warren, sister Kate (L to R), mum Tracey and father Tim with Williams friend Jess Chaplin who was with William when he was knocked over in Stowmarket in 2011. Picture: SIMON PARKER

“Bikers come from all over but this is the furthest anyone has travelled.”

“We would like to thank the air ambulance, the bikers and to go back in time and thank the emergency services as they do a fantastic job.”

This year’s bike run was extra special as William’s mother, Tracey Warren, and his best friend, Jess Chaplin, fulfilled his dream for him.

Mr Warren, 61, said: “William always liked bikes and I have always ridden one. His dream was to ride on the back of one and today his dream was fulfilled by his best friend Jess Chaplin and his mum. Jess rode on the back of a motorbike and Tracey was on the back of a trike.”

The family laid a wreath of red roses on the spot where William’s accident happened in the hope it will serve as a warning to drivers of the consequences if they don’t slow down.

The organiser of the run, Richard Collins, described the turn out as ‘brilliant’ and ‘bigger than last year’.

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