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Video: Huge cortege of bikers accompany hero doctor home

Just some of the huge number of bikers who were in the cortege yesterday
Just some of the huge number of bikers who were in the cortege yesterday
Just some of the huge number of bikers who were in the cortege yesterday
Just some of the huge number of bikers who were in the cortege yesterday
Just some of the huge number of bikers who were in the cortege yesterday
Just some of the huge number of bikers who were in the cortege yesterday

Bikers turned out in droves to support 'racing doctor' John Hinds on his final journey last night.

Hinds, who was killed while working as a medical official during a practice session for the Skerries 100 at the weekend, was a hugely popular figure in Irish motorbike circles and that was clearly evident last night.

Hundreds of bikers accompanied his coffin on the journey from Beaumont Hospital to Tandragee, his home and the site of Hinds' favourite race, where a ceremonial lap of the Tandragee 100 course was held in his honour.

The below video, shot by Ray Watts north of Dundalk, shows the scale of the procession northwards.

Motorcycle Union of Ireland marshal Dereck Watt said: "John was the best of fellows. We still can hardly believe he's gone.

"It was just a freak accident. None of us can understand how it happened. He used to race himself."

Hinds' funeral will take place in St Patrick's Catholic Church, Ballyphilip Road, Portaferry, at 2pm tomorrow.