Wrestling champion dies, aged 68
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.
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