DOZENS of bikers will take part in an emotional convoy this weekend to mark the birthday of a 26-year-old who died in a crash.
The riders will convoy along Lindholme Road in Finningley in memory of Karl Micklethwaite, known as Mick, who died when his Kawasaki motorbike was involved in a crash with a Ford Focus car.
It will mark what would have been his 27th birthday and has been selected as it was one of Mick’s favourite routes to ride along.
There has been an outpouring of grief on facebook for the former Hayfield School pupil who lived in Doncaster, with 282 people signing up to a tribute page.
Callum John McAlpine posted: “Every time I close my eyes I’m hoping I’ll open them and it all be some horrible dream but this is an ever lasting nightmare :( I wish I just could wake up from this one! love you man gonna be missed :( R.I.P Karl Micklethwaite”
Jamie Crooks left a message on the R.I.P Karl Micklethwaite page, which said: “Yesterday i lost one of my brothers. I am touched that so many people have taken the time to post comments. I have know Karl since primary school and the world will be less bright without him. We have all got good memories of him and thats how we should remember him. In the words of Feeder he will always be Evergreen to me because his memory will never die. Will always love you mate. Today is a sad day.”
Helen Garner added: “Can’t believe this happened to such a great guy! You helped me out a few times and didn’t care tht I cudnt return the favour! Keep thinkin bout us all bein younger round camp! We all had some good times and u were a big part of that! Hope ur at peace my friend... All my love to family and friends. You will be missed but never forgotten. Xxx”
People have also used the site as a way to share memories of Mick, such as his love of sausage with cheese on the top.
The convoy will set off at midday on Sunday with riders invited to make banners with their memories of Mick.
Floral tributes have been left at the crash site on the A614 Blyth Road in Bircotes near to the junction with Scrooby Road, which was closed for six hours after the crash on Monday.
A 70-year-old man who was driving the Focus was taken to Bassetlaw District Hospital with shock and minor injuries and was recovering at home, police said.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police’s crash investigation unit on 101, ext 800 2225.