Cycling club’s cortege tribute to member

Sharrow Cycling Club members leading out the funeral cortege of member Keith Hayman onto Ecclesall Rd:

Sharrow Cycling Club members leading out the funeral cortege of member Keith Hayman onto Ecclesall Rd:

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Ten members of Sharrow Cycling Club led out the funeral cortege of club member, artist and environmentalist Keith Hayman.

Then they followed the cortege through Hunters Bar and Nether Edge to the funeral at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium.

“It will have been an unusual sight for people,” said club president Mike Walters. “We asked Keith’s wife Janet if we could accompany the cortege and she said it was a nice gesture.”

Keith, who was 69, collapsed on his way home to Southgrove Road after a club ride to Edale.

He had joined the club after retirement and became a regular on the midweek Wednesday runs. Members of the club, formed in 1887, rode to Bridlington after Saturday’s funeral, and had Keith in their minds during the 90 mile ride.

“Keith did the Bridlington ride last year and punctured several times, so he got a lot of stick for that,” said Mike Walters.

“We wanted to make a statement today. Keith was quite a special man, he meant something to a wide range of people.”

He also leaves a son and daughter, Matthew and Louisa.

Keith came to Sheffield in 1983 to join the council’s economic regeneration team who were responsible for the creation of the Cultural Industries Quarter and tributes were paid to him at the 20th anniversary party at The Workstation, which he helped to get off the ground.

In retirement, he was able to concentrate on practising as an artist at his studio in Heeley, but also devoted time and energy as an organiser of arts events, including pioneering the Sheffield city centre art markets and the open studio weekends.

As a former town planner and economic developer, his paintings often reflected his concern with the tension and mayhem of city life.

In recent years, he played a prominent role in the campaign to keep the footbridge open at Sheffield station as chair of Residents Against Station Closure.