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Hundreds gather in Kilham to celebrate the life of James Cowton

James, 26, was killed during the 600cc Challenge race at the Southern 100 in the Isle of Man.

Hundreds of motorcyclists and outriders led a cortege to All Saints Church in Kilham to remember the life of road racer James Cowton, who tragically passed away following an accident in the 600cc Challenge race at the International Southern 100 Isle of Man.

Mourners from far and wide packed the footpaths surrounding the church this morning, and as James’ coffin was carried up the church steps, began a spontaneous round of applause.

The Rev Glyn Owen conducted a touching service, in which memories of James were shared by those closest to him.

Prior to his tragic death, James had been enjoying a successful Southern 100, taking a string of podium finishes earlier in the day including second place in the first 600 race, another runner up spot in the Supertwins outing and a third-place finish in the Senior. Earlier this year, he clinched his maiden victory at the North West 200 in the Supertwins category.

Hundreds gathered in Kilham to celebrate the life of James Cowton


Video: Hundreds of bikes formed a cortage with James Cowton’s final journey from Driffield to Kilham in a moving tribute to the young motorcyclist. 


Mourners watched on as the hearse was driven away after the service.

 

These bikes were part of the cortege which made its way to Kilham for James Cowton’s funeral this morning.

 

James had been enjoying a successful Southern 100, taking a string of podium finishes earlier in the day including second place in the first 600 race, another runner up spot in the Supertwins outing and a third-place finish in the Senior. Earlier this year, he clinched his maiden victory at the North West 200 in the Supertwins category.
Mourners from far and wide stand together to remember James Cowton.

 

STANDING ROOM ONLY – Many mourners had to stand outside the church such was the volume of people at the funeral.

 

Well respected: Hundreds of mourners lined the church path to say goodbye to James Cowton.

 

More motorcyclists park their bikes in Kilham.

 

James tragically passed away following an accident in the 600cc Challenge race at the International Southern 100 Isle of Man in July.

 

The mourners broke into a spontaneous round of applause.

 

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