Paul’s recovering after bike crash

Learner motorcyclist Paul Smith faces weeks off work after crashing half-way through a lone 240-mile journey to support family fundraisers.

Paul, who is a popular figure on Todmorden outdoor market where he works on a fruit and veg stall with his dad Garry, set off for Guildford, Surrey, against his father’s advice.

But when he reached the East Midlands his Suzuki EN125 motorbike skidded on a patch of diesel on a roundabout, with Paul ending up in hospital in Kettering.

The accident dashed his hopes of supporting his mum and sister at a Race for Life fundraising event but luckily he escaped without broken bones, suffering muscle damage to his shoulder and injured knee ligaments.

His father collected him from hospital in time for him to celebrate his 22nd birthday this Monday (July 8) but his injuries will mean he won’t be able to work the stall for several weeks.

Garry said Paul had set off on the long journey against his father’s better judgment.

“It’s a massive journey for a learner - it is for an experienced motorcyclist,” said Garry, of Pine Road, Todmorden.

“He’s only been in Todmorden for about three months but he’s got to know quite a few people and seems quite popular, given the number of people who have asked how he’s doing.”

Garry joked Paul had more people asking about him than Garry did two years ago when he crashed and wrote off his Harley Davidson motorcycle on Burnley Road just yards from his home.