Mourners saddle up to remember Audrey


By Kirsty Topping

Mourners wore the shirts of Mrs Fyfe's cycling club, CTC Lothians

DOZENS of cyclists turned out to pay their respects to a woman who was killed as she pedaled home from visiting her grandchildren.

Audrey Fyfe, 75, died after being clipped by a car in Edinburgh earlier this month as she traveled from her daughter Linda’s house in the Restalrig area of the city..

And at her funeral on Monday mourners put together the fitting tribute to the pensioner, who was a keen cyclist.

Many wore the the blue, yellow and green tops of CTC Lothians, the cycling club Mrs Fyfe had been a member of since 1954.

The retired teaching assistant died two days after the August 9 accident, when her life support machine was switched off by her family.

Doctors had battled to stop bleeding in her brain but were unsuccessful as Mrs Fyfe had been taking blood thinning drugs.

The service was held at St Philip’s Church, where Mrs Fyfe was an active member.

Rev Dr Stewart Weaver said: “As I look up in to the gallery and see the absolute riot of colour and coloured jerseys meshing in with the stained glass windows I thought, how appropriate – Audrey would have loved it.”

Close friend Brian Curtis said: “Audrey had such a bubbly and outgoing personality.

“She would fill a room – people would gravitate towards her.”

A tribute written by daughter Aileen, who had travelled from Bristol following the accident, read: “Mum was my best friend and has left not just me, but so many of us with our best memories.

“Mum wouldn’t want us to be sad. Mum would ask us to keep smiling and laughing like she always did.”

Audrey is survived by husband Ian, 79, with whom she recently celebrated her golden wedding anniversary, and who she met through the cycling club.

Audrey is also survived by her daughters Aileen and Linda and her grandchildren Craig and Iona.
A collection of £1758 will go towards Spokes, a Lothians organisation promoting safe cycling.