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Fans travel to mourn legendary bike racer

By Tunbridge Wells Courier  |  Posted: June 17, 2011

  • MEMORIES: A vintage bike was ridden after Donald Godden’s funeral service at St Margaret’s Church TWPV20110614A-001_C

  • Former European champion motorcycle rider Donald "Don" Godden, of Collier Street, who died on May 28, 2011.

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HUNDREDS of family, friends and fans gathered in Collier Street this week for the funeral of motorcycling legend Donald "Don" Godden.

Mr Godden, of Chequer Tree Farm, Collier Street, died on May 28 after suffering a stroke.

The 74-year-old enjoyed a distinguished grass track and long track racing career from the 1950s to the 1970s. As well as winning the British Grass Track championships three times, he won the European Championship in 1969, becoming a household name in the process.

He went on to found Godden Engineering in the 1970s to design racing engines.

An estimated 500 mourners from as far afield as Germany, France and New Zealand attended a service at St Margaret's Church on Tuesday to celebrate Mr Godden's life.

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