Our new FJR has been named in memory of Craig 'flip flop' Doyle. Craig passed away on April 1st 2017 in a road accident in Bedworth. Dave Robertson (WSBB 100) approached Craig's wife Mandy about having his name on our new bike and she wanted him to be remembered for always wearing a bucket hat, shorts and flip flops no matter what the weather!
The following is an account from Dave Robertson:
"On Saturday 1st April 2017 I was on duty on the Honda Pan-European (Cassidy Blu) when I got a call out to go to Rugby’s St. Cross Hospital around 18:50hrs. As I made my way to the Woodlands Bridge in Bedworth to get onto the A444 then to the M6, there was a Police car stopping vehicles from accessing the A444. So I had to make my way down to the Novotel to gain access onto the M6. After collecting the samples from Rugby and taking them to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, I was checking in with the controller to say delivered when I see a friend’s post on Facebook saying R.I.P.
What started to run through my mind was, is the A444 closed off because there was an fatal accident. As I returned home I came off the M6 and then onto the A444 where I seen the Police Forensics team still at the crash scene which was all lit up and sheeted off. As I came off the A444 I went and spoke to the 2 Traffic Management guys whom had taken over from the Police. They said that 2 motorcyclists had a fatal crash. As I continued home I rode past the Cross Keys Public House where the Crossed Keys MCC were, so I stopped and asked if they heard or knew about the crash. To which I was informed that it was Craig Doyle one of theirs who I have known for a couple of years.
Craig was always known for wearing Flip Flops, shorts and a Bucket Hat no matter what the weather, at his funeral the MCC all dressed in flip flops, shorts and hats to remember him. On Sunday 1st April 2018 the Crossed Keys MCC had a Memorial ride in his honour from the Cross Keys Public House, to Alf England’s Motorcycle Shop then to The Queens Head in Wilnecote. We then returned to the Cross Keys Public house where there was a band on and we had left a bucket for donations. Thanking them all again for their donation of £197.65p. There is also a tree out the back off the Pub which has been christened the Flip Flop tree in honour of Craig.
I rode the Pan (Cassidy Blu) on the Memorial then went on duty after, now that the Pan has been replaced with another FJR I asked how would we know which FJR we would be booking out? Could we have names on the bikes and if so could I have the Pan replacement named after my friend? I went to see Craig’s wife Mandy Doyle and asked her if it would be ok to put Craig’s name on the New Bike. She said that would be a lovely thing and thanked us for still remembering them. Mandy asked if we could put Flip Flop Craig on the bike".