Mark Kay fires up the Gilera in St Ninian's Church

Farewell to Geoff Duke

A Memorial Service for Geoff Duke in St Ninian's Church

From an article published in Classic TT News

 

Mark Kay fires up the Gilera at the Geoff Duke Memorial Service

 

Mark Kay fires up the Gilera in St Ninian's Church

 

Gilera fired up in Duke’s honour

 

A replica of the 500cc Gilera Geoff Duke OBE rode to countless victories was fired up in St Ninian’s Church on Sunday evening
The bike, built and prepared by Kay Engineering of the West Midlands, took centre stage along with a beautifully restored 1950 works Manx ‘featherbed’ Norton at a memorial service to the six-times world champion.
Former riders in attendance at the service included Sammy Miller MBE and Bill Smith who both recounted stories of their early memories riding alongside the great man. Local riders George Costain and Jack Wood, who was sponsored by Geoff Duke in the 1950s were also in attendance, along with former TT winner, Alex George, Mick Chatterton and Dave Roper.


Dignitaries included Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood, MLCs David Cretney and Geoff Corkish, and Lady Mayor Sara Hackman. The Duke family were all in attendance.
David Cretney also gave his memories of Geoff as did fellow former Tourism Minister Adrian Earnshaw, who was instrumental with Geoff Duke in setting up the Mike Halwood Foundation more than 30 years ago.

 

 

 

A Memorial Service for Geoff Duke in St Ninian's Church

Geoff Duke's memorial service in St Ninian's Church

 

 

 

The final word came from Murray Walker, via a video recording as he is currently out of the country. Murray said that he first met Geoff Duke in 1949 when he worked at Ford Dunlop and Geoff was at Norton’s Bracebridge Street factory.


“Geoff was always very calm, cool and deliberate in everything he did. He was also very helpful and frinedly. Precious few can say they were the best in the world but Geoff was a legend in his own lifetime and will always remain so. He was one of the greatest riders of all time.”


Mark Kay fired the Duke replica Gilera up inside St Ninian’s Church much to the delight of those in attendance. He then rode it out through the side exit to the church and directly back to the race paddock!

Geoff Duke on Gilera 500

Peter Duke on the Kay Gilera 500

 

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