by Angela Cole
Staff at a Tonbridge bike shop have been praised for their part in helping a man fulfil his dying wish.
The trio working at Fast Lane Motorcycles in Priory Street – Jamie Kellmanno, Justin Oglivie and Stuart McIvor – were approached to help Daryl Mallinson, from Tonbridge, stage a surprise trip for his best mate, Carl Robson, who was diagnosed with cancer in his oesophagus and spine in December.
Mr Mallinson had booked a three-day track day in Cartagena, Spain, but were a bike short. They loaned them a bike for their trip last month.
Following their generosity, Mr Robson, from West Drayton, London, posted his heartfelt thanks on Facebook, through event organisers No Limits Trackdays, which then received hundreds of comments from around the world.
In his thank you, Mr Robson wrote: “My final dream and last wish was that myself and Daryl get to have one last big ride out and/or track day together – doing what we love together in each others company – motorbikes!
“These guys don’t know myself or Daryl from Adam! Yet, they have lent us their race prepared, race ready championship bike – their pride and joy R1... They have entrusted two complete strangers with their “pride and joy” race bike to go and have one last “Hoorah” and fun. They are dream makers who have made a dying man and his best friend’s wish come true - from the bottom of my heart and the depths of my soul…..from myself and Daryl…thank you.”