The king of the ring!

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

A “scal­ly­wag” who changed his life through box­ing has been recog­nised as a Teesside Hero for his decades spent help­ing hun­dreds of young box­ers.

By his own ad­mis­sion, John Dryden was a “scal­ly­wag” as a child, but box­ing helped put him on the straight and nar­row – and he’s spent much of his life pass­ing on the magic of the sport to young Teessiders.

Now, hav­ing run Stock­ton’s Wellington Am­a­teur Box­ing Club for 30 years, his con­tri­bu­tion to the lives of hun­dreds of young box­ers has been recog­nised with a Teesside Hero Award.

The char­ity Teesside Phil­an­thropic Foun­da­tion presents the awards to un­sung com­mu­nity cham­pi­ons - vol­un­teers who go above and be­yond the call of duty to help make the area an even bet­ter place to live.

Great grand­fa­ther John, 79, re­ceived his award in a sur­prise pre­sen­ta­tion from one of his former box­ing pupils, Alis­dair Bev­eridge, the owner of lo­cal firm and Phil­an­thropic Foun­da­tion pa­trons The Build Di­rec­tory.

“It’s so nice of peo­ple to do this,” said Mid­dles­brough-born John, who lives in Over­fields.

“They must think I’m do­ing a de­cent job, which is ap­pre­ci­ated. I don’t get paid for run­ning the club.

“Box­ing helped form me and has al­ways been a big part of my life, so this is my way of giv­ing some­thing back.

“Like most sports, box­ing can give young peo­ple con­fi­dence in life.”

John Dryden and Alis­tair Bev­eridge with some of the club’s young­sters

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