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Funeral of biker Tony Whitehouse from Buckley held

A POPULAR motorcyclist was given a fitting send off yesterday with a biker and American car cortege.

The funeral of Tony Whitehouse from Buckley was held at Blacon Crematorium, Chester.

A huge gathering of bikers and American car drivers gathered outside his home address on Linthorpe Road forming part of the funeral procession.

They set off yesterday morning wending their way from Buckley to the crematorium where family and friends said a tearful farewell to the 51-year-old.

Tributes were read out during the service to Mr Whitehouse who was affectionately known as ‘Nostrils’.

Mr Whitehouse died after the blue Suzuki motorcycle he was riding collided with a Hyundai Getz car last month just yards from his home.

A 16-year-old boy who was a pillion passenger was also seriously injured and taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Dad-of-two Mr Whitehouse was an experienced and keen motorcyclist who worked in the aircraft industry and also enjoyed American cars.

Speaking just after the tragedy, the family described Antony – known as Tony to family and friends – as ‘the light of our lives, one in a million who was full of life and soul’.

The family added he would be missed greatly by his family and will be: “A great loss to many of his friends near and far away.”

Mr Whitehouse was also good friends with Russ Campbell who owns Bretton Motorcycles at Bretton, near Chester.

Russ said: “He was a great mate and friend who did a lot for people and was always helping out.

“He really was a larger than life character who could talk a glass eye to sleep and was always up for a laugh.”

A 23-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving following the crash and bailed until June.

An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned.