Sunday Mail
June 12, 1998


Former Bay City Roller Pat McGlynn has been badly injured in a motorbike crash

Former Bay City Roller Pat McGlynn has been badly injured in a high-speed motorbike crash. The 40-year-old guitarist smashed into a tree at 70 mph on the eve of his motorbike test. Doctors say he was only inches from death. And the crash has left him in agony with a shattered collarbone, broken arm, cracked ribs and bruising.

McGlynn was out with a bike instructor when he lost control of his Honda CB 500 at Longniddry, East Lothian, and hit a tree. Girlfriend Janine Andrews, 29, who is a member of McGlynn's new band, Storm, said she was horrified by his injuries."Doctors at the hospital said that an inch or two either way on impact and he could have been killed," she said. McGlynn was in too much pain to even speak on the phone yesterday. But, through Janine, he said: "I am lucky to be alive and I am grateful to the doctors and staff at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for their help, support and professionalism."

He added that recording sessions for his band's debut album would now go on hold until his arm had healed and he could play guitar again. Janine added: "The last two days have been hell." He has been in so much pain, and neither of us have had any sleep at all. "But, at least, he is still with us." McGlynn is due back in hospital on Tuesday. Surgeons will then decide whether a metal plate will be needed to hold together his right arm.