‘I’m so proud of the numbers who came to say goodbye’ - hundreds join Kings Lynn ‘cruise’ to Hunstanton to remember and pay tribute to crash victim Russell Coombes of Marshland St James

Collage of tribute photos of Russell Coombes. The photos were assembled by his cousin Josh Page

Collage of tribute photos of Russell Coombes. The photos were assembled by his cousin Josh Page - Credit: Archant

More than 400 young drivers turned up to celebrate the life of Russell Coombes, the 21-year-old former College of West Anglia student who died in a collision at Spalding on December 29.

Russell Coombes tribute rally

Russell Coombes tribute rally - Credit: Archant

Russell, of Marshland St James, worked at Scania Truckeast but his passion was both bikes and cars.

And at Halfords car park in Kings Lynn on Saturday evening his friends and family came together – in extraordinary numbers- to demonstrate their love for him.

The cars then set off for a ride to Hunstanton – one of Russell’s favourite places- and many gathered at the cliff top car park to light lanterns and let off fireworks in his memory.

His father Nigel said: “Russ would have loved it so much he’d be buzzing for days!

Russell Coombes tribute rally

Russell Coombes tribute rally - Credit: Archant


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“Such a great turnout – and totally filled Halfords car park.

Mr Coombes posted to a Facebook tribute page: “Revving up, popping exhaust, burning tyres car after car…. Wow. Lights as far as I could see in the convoy to Hunstanton, fireworks on the beach was awesome, rolling around the floor laughing, Russ would have been hysterical, with the rocket stuck in the sand sparks flying everywhere, sending the lanterns aloft, lighting the night sky filling the air with thoughts of Russ.

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“Yes ok I shed a few tears tonight well what proud father wouldn’t? I was just blown away after seeing so many people coming together to give tribute to a legend, my son Russell Coombes.

“He was loved by so many it warms my heart and can’t say thank you enough to each and every one of you for turning up making tonight so special.

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“And a massive thank you to my nephew Josh Page and to Matthew Roberson for organising the event.”

Josh and Matthew had arranged for special stickers to be produced and hundreds were sold for £1 each to a charity, the British Biker Relief Foundation.

Sarah Melia wrote: “What an amazing tribute to your son. You must be so proud; he was clearly so well loved that so many waned to honour him.”

Rebecca Louise Pither said: “He was definitely loved. He would love all of this.”

Kay Burrell wrote: “A truly amazing tribute to a special young man, your special young man. Fantastic to know so many cared.”

Kelly Smith wrote: “Top send off for a top lad. I knew him since we were about five and you couldn’t have met a better bloke. He would always lend a hand when needed.”

She said that Russell “touched many hearts - you’ll never be forgotten.”

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