Ceremony for ex-boxing coach

Pat Connors' daughter, Barbara Connors-Fowler, with the blue plaque in recognition of his work and boxing club.
Pat Connors' daughter, Barbara Connors-Fowler, with the blue plaque in recognition of his work and boxing club.

A special ceremony is taking place to honour a former key player in the community.

Relatives and friends of Pat Connors are set to be joined by key figures from the boxing world as they honour his work over two decades in Whitley Bay.

Pat, supported by John Lewis and Michael Garrity, set up the former St Edwards Boxing Club in 1963 to help young people learn discipline, how to fight and keep them off the street.

The popular club ran until 1986 when Pat had to step down for health reasons.

But now a service is being held on Sunday, October 18, which will see his memory live on through a special blue plaque.

The plaque is being erected on the wall at St Edward’s Church, in Park Avenue, where the club was based and near his former home.

The service will take place at 12.30pm, followed by a reception at the Berkeley Tavern in Marine Avenue.

Dennis Lord, a former club member and one of those who has helped secure the plaque, said: “Pat took young kids under his wing. He kept them in check. The boxing club was a great social place.

“There are lots of boxers from around the country expected to attend.”