Hairy Bikers star Si King tears up after ‘overwhelming’ response to Dave Myers tribute motorbike ride

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9 Jun 2024, 11:25

Si King and Dave Myers, Si with Dave Myers widow Lili Myers

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Hairy Bikers star Si King has thanked fans and attendees of yesterday's Dave Day (8th June), in tribute to late co-star and friend Dave Myers. 

The TV chef joined thousands of fellow motorbike riders to honour Myers, who sadly passed away aged 66 in February following a cancer diagnosis in 2022

In memory of his good friend Dave, Si joined forces with Dave’s widow Lili to organise a fundraising motorbike ride to travel 300 miles up from London to Barrow-in-Furness, where the star grew up. 



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Dave Day featured a motorcycle procession, a music concert, and a service of remembrance, all aimed at raising funds for The Institute of Cancer Research and the NSPCC.

Wanting to thank those who attended and donated to the charitable causes, Lili and Si uploaded a video to the Hairy Bikers social media channels, during which they revealed that 46,136 motorcyclists took part, with at least 200,000 lining the route of the drive. 

“It’s overwhelming,” Si revealed, while Lili added: “It was an amazing day. On the bikes, crying our eyes out when all those beautiful people were greeting us, from every bridge we went under on the motorway."

“Thank you so very much from the bottom of our hearts,” Si continued. “It’s just overwhelming, we’re just lost for words. What a way to wake up after a Dave Day.”

Lili ended the message to fans with her hopes for another Dave Day, and social media followers expressed their support in the comments. 

One fan wrote in response: “Brilliant turn out for a brilliant guy who touched so many of our lives . I'm sure that for all of us from now on a good day will be called a Dave day ! Lots of love to all his family , Si and friends.”

“Fantastic he so deserved the send off,” commented another. “Imagine if #DaveDay could become a national holiday or at least an annual event … a celebration of the absolute best values we strive for,” said a third. 

Lili recently shared the idea behind Dave Day during an appearance on ITV's Lorraine. Explaining the inspiration, she shared: “After he passed, I had so many messages from all over the world asking how they could pay respects, people wanted to pay respect and people loved him and that energy that he always had.”

There was one particular moment that Lili cherished the most that really sparked the idea. She added: “They were asking how we could do something and pay respects and this idea came to do a motorbike ride in his memory to celebrate his life.

“Right after he passed, there was this comment on social media that I picked up on and this person was saying, ‘Brave Dave, they should be synonymous to joy, zest for life.’ So, when we're having a good day, we should say, ‘I'm having a Dave day’.”