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Bike ride held in Norwich in memory of popular Costessey teacher

Luke and Sophie Day

Luke and Sophie Day

A popular Costessey teacher's widow was among those who braved the wet conditions to cycle 25 miles around Norwich and raise money in his memory on Saturday.

Costessey High School teacher Luke Day, 31, drowned last year while trying to save his wife after a storm capsized their boat on the River Nile in Egypt.

Mr Day’s widow Sophie, 33, organised the trip as part of a ‘Luke Day’ day to celebrate all the activities the French teacher liked doing, including cycling and drinking at his two local pubs, the York Tavern in Leicester Street and the Eaton Cottage.

The group of about 30 people set off on their bikes from the York Tavern at noon and returned to the pub several hours later for drinks.

Later on they moved to the Eaton Cottage for a party where members of a former band that Luke had belonged to reformed for a special performance.

It was also a chance to celebrate his memory and to fundraise for the Luke Day Adventure Fund, which Mrs Day set up in her husband’s memory to aid children to take part in adventurous activities.

Mrs Day, who lives off Unthank Road, Norwich, said: “It was a day to celebrate Luke. We did it this time last year as well. We were hoping for about 50 people to take part, but we had less than that because of the wet weather, but the sense of community in this area is amazing.”

Another of the cyclists was Andy Bolton, who is the landlord at the York Tavern.

He said: “This is a ride that Luke and Sophie used to do. It is a fun ride in memory of a guy who was fun and loved his cycling.”

Mr Day had cycled 2,800 miles across Europe to Istanbul as part of an extended honeymoon with his wife before setting out for a tour of Egypt. It was while they were on a felucca sailing boat on the Nile that they were hit by a storm and Mr Day lost his life on January 18 last year. Mrs Day and three others on the boat managed to swim to safety.

• Are you holding an event for charity in Norwich? Call reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email david.bale2@archant.co.uk.

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