CHARITY WORK

Boxer Glenn McCrory collects accolade to his career at star studded Gateshead event.

Glenn McCrory collects accolade

Children’s charity Variety presented the former world champion with a silver heart – its highest accolade on the 25th anniversary of his title win.

Boxing champ Glenn McCrory has been honoured on the anniversary of his world title win.

Twenty-five years after becoming the North East’s first World Champion, children’s charity Variety presented him with a Silver Heart – its highest accolade.

The career of the cruiserweight was celebrated at a star-studded tribute dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead on Monday night.

Guests included former world champion Ivanson Ronny ‘Johnny’ Nelson, Darlington boxer Stuart Hall and world Welterweight champion John H Stracey.

Other famous faces to join McCrory at the celebration were Jack Charlton and former Sunderland player Micky Horswill.

McCrory said he was “humbled” to see all his friends together in the same room and that it was an “honour” to receive the tribute.

The event marked 25 years since McCrory defeated Patrick Lumumba in Stanley to claim the Cruiserweight title and become the North East’s first world champion, as well as a quarter-of-a-century of his punditry career on Sky Sports.

In receiving the Variety Club’s highest accolade the Silver Heart, Glenn follows in the footsteps of Sting, Sir Bobby Robson, Alan Shearer, and Dames Julie Andrews, Vera Lynn and Kelly Holmes.

Tony Thornton, chairman of the northern region of the charity, said: “Honouring Glenn for this prestigious award was an easy choice for the committee and we’re extremely grateful for his friend and businessman Rob Armstrong for sponsoring it.

“The support from MTREC Recruitment has been exceptional and without such support from local businesses we would not be able to continue to do the great work we do in the region for sick disabled and disadvantaged children.”