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Slain Rebels bikie boss Nick Martin farewelled in Perth with a unique funeral service

Hundreds of bikies have ridden across Perth as a show of respect for slain bikie Nick Martin, who was gunned down in a gangland-style assassination less than two weeks ago.

Mourners attended Martin’s funeral at Pinnaroo Cemetery at noon, surrounded by a big police presence.

The last ride for the 51-year-old former Rebels bikie boss began in North Perth on Wednesday morning, with hearses and Harley Davidsons forming an honour guard for the slain underworld kingpin.

Some people treated it like a royal procession, lining the roads to watch the cavalcade.

Heavily-armed officers rode escort to protect the public, with green lights all along the procession route.

An estimated 200 police officers were out in force to monitor proceedings.

Former Rebels leader Nick Martin has been laid to rest after being shot dead in Perth this month. Credit: AAP

At Pinnaroo Cemetery, friends, family and associates paid tribute.

Unexpectedly, the funeral was presided over by well-known ABC radio and TV presenter Verity James – who had to read out some expletive-laden tributes.

Martin’s coffin was covered in hundred-dollar bills and a huge Rebels flag hung in the background.

His hearse had numberplates reading: “THE CON.”

Rebels members even performed a passionate version of the haka towards the end of proceedings.

Martin was remembered as “larger than life” and a man of “no bulls**t”.

The WA government has announced it is offering a $1 million reward for information to help police investigate the weekend killing of Rebels bikie Nick Martin. 
The WA government has announced it is offering a $1 million reward for information to help police investigate the weekend killing of Rebels bikie Nick Martin.  Credit: 7NEWS

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