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Tributes pour in for Les King, Norfolk’s King of Sport

PUBLISHED: 16:34 14 February 2016 | UPDATED: 08:26 15 February 2016

Les King at Park Farm in Hethersett.

Les King at Park Farm in Hethersett.

Archant Norfolk

Tributes are pouring in for one of Norfolk’s best-loved personalities, Les King, following his death on Sunday.

A former boxer and cinema owner, Mr King once said his proudest achievement was his work with charities, and that being patron of Star Throwers, a charity that supports people with cancer in Wymondham, was his biggest honour.

The father-of-two was widely known as Norfolk’s ‘King of sport’, and he was once voted the biggest personality in Wymondham since Robert Kett.

Joe Mooney, mayor of Wymondham, said: “I am very sorry to hear that the King of Sport, Wymondham resident Les King has passed away. Les was a man of principle and commitment, with great concern for those less fortunate than himself. May he rest in peace.”

Les King’s proudest achievement

He was well known for running the Regal cinema in Wymondham for 30 years, and was life president of Wymondham Town and Wroxham FC, life patron of Norwich Lads Club, where he boxed aged 17, and chairman of Norwich and District ex-boxers’ association.

He also wrote a number of books, including King of Sports 1, 2 and 3.

His King of Sport sports shop in Wymondham is now a charity shop for Star Throwers.

Former boxing champion Jon Thaxton said he was 14 or 15 when he first met Mr King, when he used to come to the Norwich Lads Boxing Club.

He said: “It’s a shock. He was a great man who did a lot for a lot of people. He was always there to help.”

For more coverage, see tomorrow’s EDP.

Leave your tribute to Mr King below, or email martin.george@archant.co.uk

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