Eastbourne seafront came to an emotional standstill on Wednesday afternoon when a massive cortege of fire vehicles, motorbikes and fast cars escorted an 11-year-old boy’s funeral.
Young Bobby Sharp Michael lost his battle with cancer earlier this month and an online appeal to get as many vehicles to join the procession went viral.
Some 160 motorbikes, a fire engine, police riders, a Ferrari and other unusual vehicles met at the Fisherman’s Club car park on the seafront on Wednesday lunchtime and travelled ahead of Bobby’s family to Eastbourne Crematorium.
Yesterday his family thanked all those who took part and paid tribute to Bobby, who died of a brain tumour.
The former St Andrew’s School and Tollgate pupil was a keen scooter rider and had sisters Jessica, Amber and Freya and brother Alfie.
Bobby’s mother Angela Sharp said her son was a “lovely, lovely boy with a heart of gold”.
His father Lee Michael described Bobby as a clever boy with a great sense of humour which never diminished even when he was in pain.
The family said it was only a chance visit to Tesco Opticians to have his eyes tested that revealed Bobby had a brain tumour.
He underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy and was given the all clear last October but more tumours developed.
Bobby was treated at the Royal Marsden, Kings and the Conquest in Hastings where he passed away surrounded by his family on Friday June 3.
His family have paid tribute to the staff at Tesco Opticians, Haines Funeral Directors, Eastbourne Fire Station’s Blue Watch, Sussex Police, all the motorists and motorcyclists who took part along with nurses and staff at the hospitals and the Conquest’s Kipling ward who cared for Bobby.
They said they were overwhelmed by the funeral cortege and thanked everyone.
Bobby’s sister, Jessica Sharp said, “Thank you everyone. It was an amazing send of for Bobby, he would love it. Thanks to everyone who took part it means the world.”
Tim Mercer said, “I was so happy that I could take part in this amazing send off. RIP Bobby.”
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