Community rallying behind boxing coach

Bill Craiggs (centre) with some of those supporting him.
Bill Craiggs (centre) with some of those supporting him.

A community is continuing to rally around a popular Blyth boxing coach who is fighting cancer.

Bill Craiggs, of Ravendale Grove, Cowpen, was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer last year.

The 82-year-old has dedicated 50 years of his life to amateur boxing in the area, mentoring hundreds of boys throughout the years.

Bill, who took part in 200 amateur fights while serving in the Royal Navy, qualified as an England Advanced Coach, involved in the coaching of the national squad.

A boxers’ reunion was held for Bill at the Shakespeare Tavern, in Guide Post, that saw ex-England international boxers among the attendees, including the winner of the Henry Coopers Golden Belt.

Malcolm Tweddle said: “I feel that the this quiet humble man should be given the recognition he just deserves for his help and assistance in so many young lives, my own included.”