The grieving father of a motorcyclist killed in a collision on Monday has told mourners of being “overwhelmed” by community support.
Alan Kelso from Antrim - whose funeral service took place in the town yesterday - died when his Honda motorcycle struck a telegraph pole on Crumlin’s Dungonnell Road.
The 37-year-old worker at the council amenity site in Crumlin and was well known in the area.
Speaking at the service in All Saints Church, his father Eddie said it was comforting that Alan was known for his friendly smile and gentle nature.
“The family have been touched by the response from the people in the area and have drawn much comfort from their floral tributes and sympathetic messages,” he said.
“We also wish to thank Alan’s colleagues and friends at Antrim Borough Council for all their help and support after Alan’s tragic death,” Mr Kelso added.
Rev Dr Stephen McBride conducted the funeral service.
He said: “The community has been very good, they have rallied round, and his workmates have been very supportive too. Up at the cemetery there was a whole line up of council bin lorries and a lot of the men who would know him from working at the amenity site - there must have been 40 or 50, all in their Antrim Borough Council uniforms, and that was a very strong sign for the family.”
In his funeral address, Rev McBride recalled playing golf at Massereene on Monday when he heard the ambulance sirens - unaware he knew the person at the centre of the emergency.
He added: “Everyone of us who is gathered here this morning can recall where we were and what we were doing when we received the news of Alan’s death. It has been the most terrible news to deal with.”