Farewell for Julie Corben, a mum with a passion for life and Harleys

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  • Funeral is held for Julie Corben
  • Warsash woman died in a crash when she was riding her Harley Davidson
  • More than 150 people were at Portchester Crematorium to pay their respects
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FAMILY and friends gathered to say goodbye to Julie Corben, who died last month in a road accident.

More than 150 people were at Portchester Crematorium to pay their respects to the 55-year-old who will be remembered as a loving mother and friend to many with a passion for motorcycles.

A large gathering of motorcycling friends and family attended the funeral of motorcyclist Julie Corben who was killed in a motorcycle accident at Fareham last month.'Picture Ian Hargreaves  (151176-9)

A large gathering of motorcycling friends and family attended the funeral of motorcyclist Julie Corben who was killed in a motorcycle accident at Fareham last month.'Picture Ian Hargreaves (151176-9)

Julie, from Warsash, was riding her Harley Davidson in The Avenue, Fareham, when the crash happened, involving one other vehicle.

As mourners gathered outside the chapel before the ceremony, the air filled with a rumbling roar of a group of Harleys, a sound Julie herself knew and loved.

Tears were flowing freely as her coffin was brought to the chapel by a motorcycle hearse, flanked by outriders.

The song Fix You by Coldplay was played as the coffin was brought in and mourners followed for the ceremony.

She died as she lived - everyone’s friend

Maddie Lewis

Julie’s daughters, Jade and Jodie Elliot, delivered a touching eulogy.

Jodie said: ‘No words can describe the pain I feel right now and the pain I have felt over the last 24 days.

‘She is the most amazing, kind, loving person in the world.’

Maddie Lewis, a close friend of the family, also spoke at the funeral.

She said: ‘Wherever we see you, we see the sun.

‘The fact that you are no longer here will always cause us pain but you will always be in our hearts until we meet again.

‘She died as she lived – everyone’s friend.’

A poem called My Last Ride was also read out.

After closing prayers and a blessing, Valerie by Amy Winehouse was played and mourners gathered to raise a toast to Julie at the Fareham Working Men’s Club.

Dorothy Cuthbert, of Fareham, was among those paying their respects.

Mrs Cuthbert, who has been a friend of the family for more than 40 years, said Julie was a loving woman who was full of life.

Mrs Cuthbert said: ‘She lived the life she had to the full.

‘She loved her bike, as everyone knows, and she had some good years travelling.

‘She was a cracking girl.’

One biker, who only wanted to be named as Sid, from Nursling, said he became friends with Julie in the days when the Black Horse Inn in Shedfield was a popular bikers’ meeting spot.

He said Julie was a popular woman, and it was no surprise so many people had turned out to say goodbye.

Sid said: ‘She was a lovely girl. She’ll be sadly missed.’