SHE lived every moment of her 97 years at full throttle - and was given a fitting send off from dozens of motorcyclists.

Lily Flood was joined on her final journey from her home in St Denys for her funeral last week by members of Southampton and District Motorcycle Club, a group she had been involved in for 60 years.

An only child, Lily, née Bagg, was born in Owslebury, Winchester in 1922. She moved to Southampton at the start of World War II and lived in Northam where she was a fire warden patrolling the streets at night with her dog, looking for fires caused by bombs.

In 1951, she met Peter at a Southampton Guildhall dance. They married the next year and set up home in The Polygon. Peter had been at the dance with his best friend Bert and his girlfriend Pat, and the two couples enjoyed a lifelong friendship.

Lily and Peter became parents to Ruth and Steven. They bought their Priory Road home in 1963 and lived there together until Peter’s death in 2010.

The couple were keen motorcyclists and helped organise race meetings for the Southampton club at Thruxton, Beaulieu and Matchams. Lily even made members of the club TV stars when she recommended them for the show Freewheelers during her long spell working in the accounts department of Southern Television.

Lily and Peter were also active members of the Southampton Allotments Association and Eastleigh & District Model Boat Club while Lily was a former chairman of the local Royal British Legion.

Daughter Ruth Windibank said: “She would do anything for anybody. If she couldn’t do it, she knew somebody who could. She was a well-respected lady who lived her life at full throttle.”

Lily leaves children Ruth and Steven, grandchildren Jaime, Robert, Daniel, Hannah, Dominique and Tom, and great grandchildren Charlie, Isabel, Ethan, Anna, Harvey-Lee, Ayla, Max, Ruben and Kairo with another on the way.