Wrestling cham­pion dies, aged 68

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS - by Mike Ben­nett

MANY are mourn­ing the death this week of one of Ash­ford’s most fa­mous in­ter­na­tional su­per­stars from the past.

Off duty, for­mer all-na­tional heavy­weight wrestling cham­pion Dan­ger­ous Danny Lynch, 68, who died in the William Har­vey hospi­tal on Tues­day, was re­ally a gen­tle gi­ant al­ways look­ing to en­cour­age oth­ers to reach the peak in their sport­ing ex­ploits.

A proud York­shire­man he came to Ash­ford to make it his home and busi­ness base in the 1960s.

Tip­ping the scales at 24-stone he was at his peak through­out the 1980s trav­el­ling around the world for bouts.

In 1982 he be­came world cham­pion, tak­ing on all-com­ers in trou­ble-torn Beirut to add to his stack of tro­phies, most of which he gave away.

To win the cov­eted ti­tle at the twoweek cham­pi­onship in the Le­banese cap­i­tal meant fight­ing ev­ery night un­der the most ex­treme pres­sure.

He was is­sued with a hand­gun to carry at all times and taken to the ring un­der heavy armed guard.

Dur­ing one fight the ho­tel next door was bombed but he went on to take the ti­tle he had trained 17 years for and he left on the last flight out of the city be­fore war erupted.

Glo­be­trot­ting Danny was a much sought-af­ter star in Ja­pan, Aus­tralia, Canada and all the Mid­dle East­ern coun­tries, but in Kent he was also a re­spected pro­moter of of­ten blood­thirsty en­ter­tain­ment.

Films

In the hey­day of the sport thou­sands at­tended his reg­u­lar shows in the main halls of the Stour Cen­tre, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone and other venues.

He also starred in sev­eral films in­clud­ing Quest for Fire and nu­mer­ous television ad­verts, of­ten in Sumo wrestling roles.

He even­tu­ally be­came land­lord of the re­cently closed Ben Tru­man pub on the Stan­hope es­tate and then, with his long-term part­ner Hi­lary, The Swan in Ap­ple­dore for eight years.

He re­tired due to ill-health to live qui­etly in re­tire­ment in Sha­dox­hurst and for the past four years in Stonein-Oxney.

Wrestler Danny Lynch

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