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Bikers' farewell to rider

PUBLISHED: 10:52 08 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:06 23 August 2010

HUNDREDS of friends and family paid their respects at the funeral of a motorcyclist who died competing in a bike race on the Isle of Man. Richard Bartlett, 38, from Longfield Hill, Longfield, was making his debut in the Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man

HUNDREDS of friends and family paid their respects at the funeral of a motorcyclist who died competing in a bike race on the Isle of Man.

Richard Bartlett, 38, from Longfield Hill, Longfield, was making his debut in the Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man's famous TT course when he crashed on September 1. Mourners attended his funeral at Eltham Crematorium last Friday and tributes to the Gravesend Eagles Motorcycle Club member have been paid on an Isle of Man news website since the tragic accident. Brian Germain writes: "He was a friendly, happy go lucky character who made friends with anyone and everyone he met. The world is a little darker and sadder with his passing." Another from Lindey Hines reads: "He was such a lovely character, there was nothing not to like about him. Although the world has become a darker place, the beam from his gorgeous smile will still remain and light it up. You will be sadly missed by all those who lives you touched."

Organisers of the race said in a statement that they offered their "sincere sympathy" to the family and friends of Mr Bartlett.

A coroner recorded a verdict of misadventure at the inquest into Mr Bartlett's death on September 16.

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