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huge turnout at funeral of dealer Andrew Hart

Bikers from all over Tayside and Fife gave a moving send-off to a popular Dundee motorcycle shop owner by joining a procession through the city, across the Tay Bridge and on to the dealer’s hometown of Tayport in Fife.

Andrew Hart, who ran Andrew Hart Motorcycles on Milnbank Road, died at his home on 26 July at the age of 85.

His funeral was held at Tayport Parish Church on Wednesday and was attended by around 300 people.

Ahead of the service, motorcyclists and scooter owners including friends and former customers, gathered outside Andrew’s shop, which he opened in October 1962.

Motorcycles and scooters lined the approach to the church on Queen Street during the service.

The Who’s Pinball Wizard was played as Andrew’s coffin was carried from the church to a trike motorcycle hearse parked outside.

As emotional family and friends gathered, the bikers revved their engines loudly, filling the air with exhaust smoke.

Traffic came to a standstill as the motorcyclists joined the hearse on the journey to Tayport Cemetery where Mr Hart was laid to rest.

Andrew’s daughter, Elinor Hart, 60, said: “It was very emotional for me to see all these people there. To see all of them paying tribute like that was very moving.

“My father was very well known and was very helpful to everyone. He was a very sober, hardworking man – he was all about the motorbikes.

“The A92 scooter club provided a wreath as he had helped them a lot over the years. Although my dad worked a lot in the shop and was known as quiet, he led a very full life.

“It’s been a very emotional day and it was great to see him get a good send-off.”

Photo: Dundee Courier
 

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