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

16:34 14 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

13 comments

  • Spent time with him in my youth around many sporting venue (mainly cricket grounds) one of those people you could listen to all day very knowledgeable man RIP Mr Sport Mr Wymondham Mr Local Legend

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    Sunmark

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016

  • Wymondham is still in shock and mourning the passing of an ambassador to the town he loved a true local legend who touched the hearts of everybody who met him. The town will be a poorer place without its larger than live character who did so much for so many.

    SIR_LES

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    Mick Money

    Monday, February 15, 2016

  • Sad news indeed , I remember him and his good lady eating at Boswells each Sunday evening in the late sixties, had the pleasure of cooking for them , Scampi followed by Trout if I remember correctly. Have seen and spoken to him many times over the years , Rest in Peace Les , you will be missed not only in Wymondham but throughout the sporting world and all the people you helped .

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    Smiler

    Monday, February 15, 2016

  • I did so much work with Les over the years in many different guises from my time as sports editor of the Wymondham Mercury, through a charity walk from London to supporting his work with Star Throwers. I will particularly miss his booming voice at Park Farm as I entered the changing rooms "ah Peter Steward just the man" myself and Les we're currently working on a charity cricket match in April in aid of Star Throwers. Now this match will become a tribute to a larger than life man who supported so much sport in Norfolk. It is hard to envisage a world without Les. He touched so many people, was a real character and truly deserved the often overused title of legend.

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    Peter Steward

    Monday, February 15, 2016

  • knew Les ,<Stumper > along time from darts to his charity work and always enjoyed a drink with him a man that always off some where never still he worked tirelessly for others and will be greatly missed by many R. I. P x x c x x

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    Christine Ralph

    Monday, February 15, 2016

  • I had the privelege of getting to know Les when I used to work at Barnham Broom. A regular visitor for his swim and steam, he was always full of stories and full of life. This big bear of a man refused to sit down and retire, he worked tirelessly for charities and Norfolk sports. He was always tapping me to buy raffle tickets or function tickets of some sort, but he was never pushy, you just bought them because you wanted to help a man who wanted to help others. The likes of Les King are few and far between in our communities and his passing will be felt in many of Norfolk's sporting organisations. Gord bless ya bor!!

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    Lucioperca

    Monday, February 15, 2016

  • My thoughts are with Les' family at this sad time, you were and always will be remembered as a legend of Wymondham Town. I have shared some thoughts and stories of mine and others on the blog attached. You will always be fondly remembered, by me RIP Mr Wymondham Seachy http:seachywaffleson.com20160215the-passing-of-a-local-legend-les-king-rip

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    Chewbacca1978

    Monday, February 15, 2016

  • I can recall an incident in Wymondham many years ago, two of us were riding our mopeds through the town when we got chased by some locals. My friend and I got split up, he went towards the level crossing at Browick Road, unfortunately the gates where shut. The locals had my friend cornered at the gates, Mr.King came out of his house and chased the car load of people off. Those are the kind of moments you can look back and laugh at, that was 30 years ago, we still bring these memories up and have a good chuckle.

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    dr.zack

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • We have lost a true legend in Les His involvement in sport is well documented as is his long association with the Regal Cinema in Wymondham but he was also one of life's great characters who took an interest in so many facets of the community Always good to talk to R.I.P.

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    Roy Blower

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • RIP Les King.Always the gentleman. Spent many days in his company following our sport. He was a good sportsman and always generous to many.

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    JD

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • RIP Les King.Always the gentleman. Spent many days in his company following our sport. He was a good sportsman and always generous to many.

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    JD

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • Where do i start. I knew Les King all my life as i lived a stones throw from him and always remember standing outside the Regal Cinema until he let me in for free. Later i worked there on the car park and inside on the torch. Also collected and delivered his EEN for him. I (very) briefly ran his King of sport shop as he popped out to the bookies without telling me. Shared numerous journeys to local football grounds and briefly we went to the cinema together as he was given life membership to most local cinemas. He was like a father figure, someone i looked up to and admired. Wymondham has lost a legend and i have lost a dear friend. R.I.P LES KING :(

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    canaryboy71

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • RIP Mr King - Had the pleasure of your company several times over the years at Barnham Broom Hotel when I worked there. Larger than life personality and always a joy to talk to.

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    SiP

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

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