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'Ride in peace, Beth' - Motorbike processions to celebrate life of 18-year-old who died in crash

PUBLISHED: 13:24 12 August 2019 | UPDATED: 13:36 12 August 2019

Beth, 18, from Catfield, enjoyed riding her motorbike with friends in her spare time. Picture: Laura Dove

Beth, 18, from Catfield, enjoyed riding her motorbike with friends in her spare time. Picture: Laura Dove

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A convoy of motorbikes will escort the funeral procession of an 18-year-old woman who died in a car crash.

Laura Dove, with her daughter Beth, who died in car crash A149 at Repps With Bastwick. Picture: Laura DoveLaura Dove, with her daughter Beth, who died in car crash A149 at Repps With Bastwick. Picture: Laura Dove

Beth Dove, from Catfield, died last month after the car she was driving hit a tree on the A149 outside Repps with Bastwick.

Police and paramedics had rushed there but Ms Dove was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her funeral takes place on Friday (August 16) in Catfield.

The escort, beginning at 12.45pm, will proceed along Stalham High Street to All Saints Church.

In the days following Ms Dove's death, tributes poured in from family and friends, with her mother, Laura Dove, describing her daughter as "beautiful" and "loving".

A collection at the funeral will be donated to SERV Norfolk, or Norfolk Blood Bikes.

Ms Dove, who had just turned 18, spent much of her spare time riding out on her motorbike with friends - and her fellow riders are organising another memorial motorbike procession, which will take place on September 1.

One of the organisers, Solomon Elfellahi, 20, from Norwich, said: "We would ride around, socialise, have a laugh with each other."

He first heard of Ms Dove's death when a friend posted a screenshot of the news on the group chat.

"My heart sunk," he said.

He added: "It was a few hours after, we were all taking in the group chat, and we all decided to put on the memorial ride."

The plan is to meet at Broadland Business Park before riding in convoy through Norwich to Cromer.

"We will be handing out stickers with Beth's name, and asking for donations to help her family for the funeral costs," Mr Elfellahi said.

He estimated up to 350 riders could attend the memorial.

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He said there were "so many ways to describe Beth".

"She was a funny, bubbly girl, one of a kind," he said.

Olly Roberts, 19, another friend of Ms Dove, has set up a gofundme page which hopes to raise £1,000 toward the costs of the funeral.

Sharon Hulbert, Ms Dove's grandmother, said: "As a family we're so appreciative of the support we've had."

The memorial ride takes place on September 1 from 10am to 4pm, beginning at Makro Norwich.

Family flowers only are requested at the funeral.

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