MOTORCYCLISTS gathered to escort the hearse of a "greatly admired" woman from Reading who was "obsessed with motorbikes".

87-year-old Edna Bint's hearse was led by around 15 motorcyclists from A.B. Walker & Son in Caversham to Reading Crematorium on Friday, February 14, following her son, Greg Bint's, online plea.

Mr Bint posted on the Reading Toy Run's Facebook page asking motorcyclists if they could provide an escort for his mother's hearse.

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The Reading Toy Run is an annual charity motorcycle ride in Reading held just before Christmas which has been running for more than 31 years.

Bikers bring gifts and toys to give to a children's charity.

Mr Bint explained his mother was a "huge supporter of the Toy Run, attending whenever she could, and a massive bike fan".

He said: "It would have made her so happy to know her arrival at the Crematorium was heralded by the roar of bikes and the smell of Castrol R!"

In response, floods of people came back to offer their support.

Speaking after the funeral, Mr Bint revealed around 15 motorcyclists turned up to escort his mother's hearse, including one man who had travelled from Wales.

He said: "It was wonderful.

“It was so kind of them all."

He explained his mother "always had a love of motorbikes" and "thought it would be a fitting tribute".

Mr Bint's father, Arthur, was a "well known racer" who competed in the Isle of Man TT Races.

The pair got married at St William of York Church in Reading where wedding guests created an arch from exhaust pipes for them to walk under.

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Greg explained: "After my Dad lost his arm in an accident while racing on the Isle of Man they turned to rallying and were founding members of the Craven Motor Club."

Edna was a "well known rally driver" and one of the best drivers in the country, according to Greg.

She was also a singer who created a couple of records — some of these were remastered and played at her funeral.

A couple of hundred people attended Edna's service.

Greg said his mother was “greatly admired by many people”.

“I think that is why people were so keen to come and support her", he added.