Family of a biker who died during heavy floods call on fellow bikers to ride to his funeral

The family of a biker whose died during heavy floods in South Wales have called on fellow bikers to ride to his funeral.

Russell Sherwood 69, went missing in November after driving to pick up his wife from Bridgend (link is external) .

Police found Mr Sherwood’s body (link is external) and the car belonging to the Neath (link is external) man in the River Ogmore on November 23 after a three-day search in treacherous conditions.

The force said at the time there were no suspicious circumstances involved and the incident was being treated as “a very tragic accident”.

Divers search in the river Ogmore near Stormy Down for Russell Sherwood, 69, who has been missing since Saturday
There was a three-day search in treacherous conditions (Photo: Athena Picture Agency Ltd)

Mr Sherwood was a keen biker and his son has asked fellow motorcyclists to attend his father’s funeral on Friday on bikes.

The procession, made up of members of Hell’s Angels, will leave Cilfrew at 11.15 and head to Margam Crematorium for midday.

'What they are doing for my dad is out of this world'

Writing on Facebook, friend Nick Al said that Russell had been “a biker all his life”.
He added: “Some of HAMC (Hell’s Angels Motorcycling Club) South West will be riding as will members of the Merlins Crew MCC and the more bikers we can get the better.
“Any attendance would be greatly appreciated by the family and Hells Angels MC Wales.”

Russell’s son Andrew thanked the Hell’s Angels for organising the procession, and said: “What they are doing for my dad is out of this world and have made my mother and our family so, so proud.
“Nick Al is a good friend of mine and has supported me and my family through this difficult time and he has made my father’s dream come true. Me and my family will never forget this kind gesture.
“My father’s dream after having cancer was if it was to ever come back or if anything else was ever to happen to him was a load of bikes to follow his funeral car to his place of rest... all thanks to the Hells Angels my father’s dream will come true.”

He added: “Thank you Nick Al and all the bikers that have made this possible.”