Bikers answer call to pay their respects

Douglas Barclay
Douglas Barclay

A proud horde of more than 400 bikers revved their engines in honour of a Motherwell teenager who died last month.

Douglas Barclay (16) suffered from West syndrome, a form of epilepsy, and passed away on February 8 after suffering a seizure which stopped his heart and resulted in a brain injury from lack of oxygen.

Some of the bikers who paid tribute to Douglas. Pic: SWNS

Some of the bikers who paid tribute to Douglas. Pic: SWNS

Before he was laid to rest he donated his organs which saved three lives.

His uncle Craig Morris put out a plea on Facebook for bikers to join them which was shared nearly 40,000 times.

Trieda Hill, or Route 66, said: “He loved his uncle Craig’s motorcycle, the noise of the engine made him so happy.

“So many people sent the family their kind wishes, thoughts and prayers at his passing and so many bikers wanted to join in his last journey.”

All the bikers gathered Scotia Street as it escorted the funeral procession to Holytown Crematorium.

Craig said: “I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the biker community that attended or sent condolences, my family was overwhelmed and are so grateful for all you did.

“On behalf of all the Morris family thank you so much, you did the wee man proud. What an amazing turnout it will never be forgotten.”

Kirsty Morris started a Crowdfunding campaign in Douglas’s memory to raise £1000 for Mavisbank School and Barnardos which has so far raised over £1400.

Kirsty said: “Douglas suffered from West syndrome since birth and was profoundly disabled. His school, Mavisbank in Airdrie, was a huge part of his life and they cared for him so well. Barnardos carers took Douglas out for respite and he had lots of fun times with them.

“As a family we would like to raise money in Douglas memory that would allow his school and Barnardos to continue to provide care, activities and outings to other disabled children.”