Former members of boxing club sought for reunion

Former officials of St Edwards ABC are looking for ex-members for a reunion event in April.
Former officials of St Edwards ABC are looking for ex-members for a reunion event in April.
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FORMER members of a boxing club are being sought for a reunion event to be held next month.

St Edwards ABC is hosting the get together for its ex-boxers at the Cullercoats Crescent Club on Saturday, April 14, from 2pm.

Event organisers are looking for former boxers who were at the club from the mid-1960s right through to when it closed down in the 1980s.

They are being invited along, and to bring any scrapbooks and old photographs to help look back at the history of the club.

Many of the boxers that were coached at St Edwards went on to represent their country in the sport and achieved a number of honours both in the ring as amateurs/professionals and outside the ring as coaches and referees at the highest standard.

Lots of lads from throughout the borough also became involved and were taught some great skills in terms of respect, dedication and discipline.

The club was created in the mid-1960s by two parishioners of St Edward’s Church in Whitley Bay – Pat Connors and John Lewis.

They formed an amateur boxing club and approached the parish priest, the late Father Joseph Scarr, and asked for permission to use the old St Edward’s School building for boxing training and as a gymnasium for the boys.

The site has since been turned into shops and flats and what is now the Parish Centre in Roxburgh Terrace.

Any former members interested in attending should contact Tony Garrity on (0191) 252 0619 or e-mail tgarrity@illusrious-ict.com