The wife of a councillor injured in a serious road collision has said she expects him to be back on his bike once he is better.
Gordon Castle, the wife of who represents Alnwick on Northumberland County Council and is a town councillor, was involved in a crash with a car while riding his motorcycle near the town on Friday afternoon.
Coun Castle, who works at Barter Books in Alnwick and is a former town mayor and RAF group captain, fractured his neck and spine in the collision and was airlifted to hospital, in a “serious” condition.
Messages of support for the keen biker have flooded in since the accident.
Wife Liz told The Journal: “I’ve had a lot of people ringing up and I would like people to know that it is not life threatening injuries. He’s got several fractures to his neck and spine and at the moment a mild head injury that we are hoping will get better.
“He’s a lovely man and we’ve been married for over 40 years. He is such a nice person and you couldn’t meet anyone better. He’s very kind and thoughtful.
“He will be alright and I’m sure he will be back on his bike again when he’s better.”
Coun Castle, a Conservative councillor, was involved in the crash on the B6341 at South Charlton, north of the town, at around 2.30pm.
He is in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle where he is now recovering.
Stuart Manley, who co-owns Barter Books with wife Mary, said: “Gordon was due back at the shop at 3pm on Friday to interview a prospective new employee, but he did not turn up, which was very unlike him.
“At 3.30pm we heard of an accident between a car and motorcyclist and we got very worried at that point.
“It took us quite a while to find out if it was Gordon for sure. The police confirmed there had been an accident and people had been taken to the RVI by air ambulance, but we still didn’t know if it was Gordon and we were getting very worried.
“Everyone is sending their best wishes.”
Mr Manley’s wife Mary added: “He has been a long-time staff member, highly valued.
“He is such a popular person here. He does a lot for the town.
“He is very much liked and has worked for us a long time. We are really anxious about him.”
Fellow Alnwick county councillor Heather Cairns said she was shocked by the news.
“I am very concerned for his well-being and shocked that such an experienced motorcyslist could have an accident.
“It just shows how dangerous the roads are.”
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman confirmed officers were called at 2.30pm on Friday to reports of a collision between a car and motorcyclist.
“At 2.30pm on Friday, police received a report of a collision involving a car and a motorbike on the B6341 in South Charlton, Alnwick,” she said.
“Four people were taken to hospital, two with minor injuries.”
She also confirmed the air ambulance attended the scene and flew one person to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Witnesses are asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 654 of August 22.
Messages of support for the former Alnwick District Councillor and Alnwick Development Trust chairman have been left on social networking website Facebook since the accident.