Biker champion Andy McGladdery killed in crash

Andy McGladdery
Image caption Andy McGladdery retired in 1990 from professional racing

A motorcyclist killed in a crash in Darlington was a former British racing champion, his family said.

Andy McGladdery, from Sadberge, died on Sunday when his Kawasaki collided with a Ford Galaxy on Staindrop Road.

A former competitor in the Isle of Man TT races, the 58-year-old retired from professional racing in 1990 but retained a passion for the sport.

His widow Caroline said he was a loving family man. The driver of the car and three passengers were unhurt.

Mr McGladdery was a member of North Yorkshire Road Racing Club at Northallerton and a keen fan of Middlesbrough FC.

A statement from Mrs McGladdery and his sons, Nick and Dan, said: "He was the sort of man who would do anything for anyone, no favour was too big.

"He will be greatly missed by everyone."

Mr McGladdery also worked as a local radio commentator and wrote for the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette newspaper on motorcycle sports.

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