Motorcyclists lead funeral procession for Porthcawl legend Ken Evans

Dozens of motorcyclists have lead a funeral procession for a legendary landlord who dedicated his life to Porthcawl.

Ken Evans, 76, died earlier this month.

A keen motorcyclist himself, Ken ensured the Knights Arms pub became the destination for bike enthusiasts across South Wales and they frequently filled The Square in Porthcawl outside the pub.

The bikers led the funeral cars from The Square on Monday, where Ken’s wife Pat still lives, to the Our Lady Star of The Sea church on New Road in the town, where family and friends gathered for a service celebrating his life.

Following his father’s death after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Ken’s son Christian said: “People have said he is a legend.

Ken Evans pictured in 2006
Ken Evans pictured in 2006

 

“I think he’ll be remembered as someone who did a lot for our town whether it was saving lives, raising money for charity or putting smiles on people’s faces.”

Ken, who had two other children Wayne and Karen, was also a beach lifeguard and a founder crew member of the RNLI in the town, helping to save 144 lives during his 20 years as a crewman.

Ken and Pat also ran the Pier Hotel and guest houses in the town, with Ken also serving as a town councillor in the 1980s, when he tried to secure a new swimming pool for the town.


 

He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 13 years ago, which Christian said he fought with characteristic resolve and bravery.

He praised staff at Maesteg Community Hospital where his dad had been undergoing rehabilitation following a major operation.

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/motorcyclists-lead-funeral-procession-porthcawl-8332615