Hundreds welcome Arbroath biker Andy home

Traffic came to a standstill last night as almost 400 bikers from Scotland, England and Ireland accompanied Arbroath biker Andy Lawson on his final journey home.

As a mark of respect and solidarity, the bikers joined together to form a convoy for the poignant homecoming of the 25-year-old, who died in a weekend accident at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Andy Lawson superbike star.

Andy Lawson superbike star.

At the head of the procession was Andy’s father Mike, a well-known figure in the sport, who drove his son’s body home in the family race van.

The convoy travelled from Dundee along the Kingsway and then out onto the A92, passing Carnoustie before finally arriving in Arbroath shortly before 6.30 pm.

Along the route well-wishers stood at the side of the road and on flyovers to witness the truly remarkable and emotional scene; the convoy was met with spontaneous applause as bike after bike roared past the waiting crowds.

Against the backdrop of the early-evening sun, they headed into Arbroath before parking up.

Many of the bikers, including Andy’s close friends John Leech from Dundee and Scott Campbell from Otterburn, Northumberland, wore T shirts bearing Andy’s race number - ‘101’.

John said: “I am overwhelmed with the show of respect for a great man. This has brought everyone together and it shows just how well Andy was liked.”

Andy (25), the multiple Scottish champion and 2014 Junior Manx GP winner, lost his life when he crashed at last weekend’s event.

Full details in this week’s Arbroath Herald and Carnoustie Guide and Gazette, out tomorrow.