Watch 100 bikers take over Bristol streets in memory of club founder

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(video) --- Hundreds of bikers turned out at the funeral of Jim Malin, 70, who was one of the founding members of Hartcliffe Motorcycle Club

More than a hundred bikers took to the streets of Bristol recently to celebrate the life of a well-known motorcycle enthusiast.

Dozens of motorcycles paraded through South Bristol on Thursday October 24 to accompany the funeral procession of 70-year-old Jim Malin from Stockwood, well known in the community as one of the founding members of Hartcliffe Motorcycle Club.

Footage from the arrival at South Bristol Crematorium shows the crowd of bikes following closely behind the sidecar hearse, after travelling in the motorcade from Keynsham to Bedminster Down.

(Image: Casey Malin

Jim sadly passed away on October 7, after suffering from a number of health complications following a stroke two years ago.

The procession was formed of members from a number of different motorcycle clubs from across the city, as well as Jim’s friends and family - many of whom shared his passion for the bikes.

His daughter Casey Malin said: “It was really moving to see - we were expecting quite a few bikes because the biker community is so tight knight, but to actually be part of it all was very emotional.

(Image: Casey Malin)

“Pictures and video can’t really do the experience justice. Moving like that as one group of more than a hundred bikers, literally clearing roads as we passed, was just amazing and a really fitting tribute to our dad.

“Everywhere we looked, we were just surrounded by this community who really cared about him the whole way to the crematorium, and that in itself was really, really special.

(Image: Casey Malin)

“He never spoke about what he would have liked at his own funeral, but I think he would have been really touched to see all of those bikes and literally hundreds of people celebrating his life.”

More than 300 people attended the service on Thursday afternoon, with crowds spilling out of the crematorium into the grounds to pay their respects.

(Image: Casey Malin)

Casey said: “He was a lovely man, such a gentleman, and I was so proud to be able to call him my dad.

“He was really intelligent, and could hold a conversation with anybody - whatever they were interested in, he’d be able to find some way to connect with them. He always encouraged us to be nice to anybody we met, everyone just knew him as so kind, warm, and funny.

“He was quite cool too - he had loads of tattoos and looked great for 70. I think the amount of people that were at his funeral show just how much he was loved by everyone who knew him.”

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