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Motorcycles parade through Norwich in tribute to tattooist Tony Cook

PUBLISHED: 22:07 04 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:56 07 August 2017

Tony Cook's coffin. Photo: Mark Summers

Tony Cook's coffin. Photo: Mark Summers

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More than 30 motorcyclists came out to celebrate the life of a Norwich tattoo artist, before his funeral, outside City Hall.

Justin Mortimer. Photo: Mark Summers Justin Mortimer. Photo: Mark Summers

Tony Cook, the former owner of Tony’s Tatts on St Vedast Street, died after losing his year long battle with cancer last month.

Plenty of the artist’s body art work was on display at the meet up showing how his legacy will live on.

Mr Cook’s son, Tony Cook Junior said: “He was a diamond geezer, more of a mate than a dad, he was my best mate and he radiated people to him. He was a real people’s person.”

Mr Cook grew up in Chamberlin Road and eventually settled in Kett’s Hill.

Tony Cook Jr. Photo: Mark Summers Tony Cook Jr. Photo: Mark Summers

He worked as a scaffolder for 30 years and he became a regular figure at Norwich Market, where he would go to pick up work and chat to traders and friends.

He had always had a love of drawing and painting, and trained to be a tattooist about 10 years ago. Tony’s Tatts first opened at The Moles Rest in Fifers Lane, and Mr Cook moved the business to below Enzo barbers in St Vedast Street eight years ago.

He also appeared in the Danny Dyer film Malice in Wonderland playing the role of a henchman, an experience which became a fond memory.

Mr Cook loved his motorcycle, and would ride his Yamaha XJR 1300 whenever he could.

“If someone was on two wheels and want to go somewhere he would lead or follow.” Mr Cook Jr added.

“I can’t ask for more. For anyone to turn up is good and for all these people to come out and pay their respects for dad is awesome.”

His motorcycle has been gifted to close friend of six years Justin Mortimer.

He said: “That bike is literally his identity without him standing here. When you were his friend you were his friend for life, he had a heart of gold. He was straight talking, outspoken but he always though of other people and always came out for his friends.

“He has left the bike to me so I was intrusted to make sure it got a final ride. He was a great friend and I want to keep it going the same as he would have done.

“I will be riding his bike right behind the hearse. It’s very important for me and the family to give him the right send off.”

Following the meet up the parade of motorcycles followed Mr Cook’s coffin to St Faiths crematorium.

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