Ashington boxers make one of George’s last day’s a special one

George Cole gets to try on some gloves once more during Ashingon ABC's visit to his care home.

George Cole gets to try on some gloves once more during Ashingon ABC's visit to his care home.

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An ex-boxer who was unbeaten in his career has died aged 85.

George Cole was born in August 1928 and until recently was a resident at East Riding care home at Whoral Bank in Morpeth, where he had been terminally ill.

He had recently asked staff to get in touch with Ashington Amateur Boxing Club to see if they would send up some junior boxers to set up an exhibition in pad work, shadow boxing and sparring.

This was all as part of a scheme the home had to encourage patients to recollect some of the activities and sports that they had taken part in over the years.

The club was only too keen to accommodate George and attended the home. He passed away two weeks later.

George boxed at St James Hall in Newcastle and went on to turn professional, fighting in 1951 in a welterweight contest for the NCB belt.

Ashington ABC’s Alan Buller said: “The home have told me how much the visit meant to George and how he seemed more alert and positive in the lead up to the visit.

“We are sad to hear of his passing and send our thoughts to Mr Cole’s family.”