Tributes pour in for Les King, Norfolk’s King of Sport
PUBLISHED: 16:34 14 February 2016 | UPDATED: 08:26 15 February 2016
Tributes are pouring in for one of Norfolk’s best-loved personalities, Les King, following his death on Sunday.
Les King with former Lord Mayor of Norwich Roy Blower.
Les King pictured in Wymondham in 2004.
Matt Chambers from Archant presents Les King with a cheque for £250 for the Lads Boxing Club in 2009.
Les King launched his fourth book for the charity Star Throwers in 2013.
Les King at Park Farm in Hethersett.
Les King with Star Throwers charity founder Dr Henry Mannings and Star Throwers co-ordinator Tina Martins at the opening of the shop in Wymondham.
Ginger Sadd in the ring with Les King in an exhibition match in Wymondham in 1957.
Les King and Jon Thaxton open the Norwich Lads Club gym.
Les King at the launch of his book, surrounded by sports heroes, from left, Bryan Gunn, Duncan Forbes, John Ottaway, Cassie Jackman, and Jon Thaxton.
Les King at the Regal Cinema in Wymondham in 1987.
Les King and John Bond at the wedding of Ken and Elaine Brown.
Les King with former Regal projectionist Michael Armstrong and actress June Whitfield.
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.”
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.”
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