A bride-to-be has appealed for witnesses after her fiancé suffered injuries when he came off his motorbike on the outskirts of King’s Lynn.

Motorcyclist James Ward, 55, and Helen McKee, 41, are due to be married in eight weeks’ time in August. 

The Wisbech couple already had to cancel their wedding last year due to Covid, but they are determined to go ahead this time, as Ms McKee has stage four breast cancer after being diagnosed in July, 2019.

Mr Ward, who helps Ms McKee as she cannot lift anything, came off his burgundy-coloured Honda ST1100  Pan European machine after taking evasive action when a vehicle switched lanes on the A149 on Sunday, May 30.

Several people came to his aid including a woman who rang for an ambulance and a man. 

The couple are trying to trace any witnesses and also anyone who might have dashcam footage to help with their insurance claim.

Mr Ward said he had to take evasive action after a black American-style pick-up with tinted windows moved out from a stationary right-hand lane traffic queue and into his clear left-hand lane as he approached the roundabout at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

It was 10.15am and Mr Ward was making his way to the hospital site for a Covid swab test.

His machine clipped the verge and Mr Ward was thrown from the bike and both landed in the road. 

Mr Ward needed hospital treatment and suffered three broken ribs, a shattered collarbone, cuts and grazes. 

His bike is expected to be written off.

The pick-up driver didn’t stop but might have been unaware of what had happened, the couple acknowledged.

Ms McKee said although her husband-to-be’s injuries will not be healed in time for the wedding, it will still go ahead.

“He won’t be healed and probably still in a sling,” she said adding: “There will be no honeymoon.”

She said Mr Ward, who is employed by a March funeral director, is also unable to work due to his injuries and his job as an undertaker, which involves acting as pallbearer, could be in jeopardy because of the damage to his shoulder.

The incident has been reported to Norfolk Police and anyone with information is asked to call officers on 101 quoting crime reference 332 of June 1.