Final respects to Norfolk’s King of Sport Les King can be paid at funeral

Les King at Park Farm in Hethersett.

Les King at Park Farm in Hethersett. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Family, friends and loved ones will be able to pay their respects to Norfolk's King of Sport when his funeral is held at the start of next month.

Tributes have poured in for Les King, who died aged 81 on Sunday and who was known and loved across the county for his love of sport and keen fundraising.

His funeral service will be held at Wymondham Abbey at 2.30pm on Friday, March 4.

A champion of local causes in his home town of Wymondham, Mr King, who was once voted the town's biggest personality since Robert Kett, was involved with countless charities and community groups.

His many roles included life president of Wymondham Town and Wroxham FC, life patron of Norwich Lads Club, where he boxed, aged 17, and chairman of Norwich and District ex-boxers' association.

He was also chairman of the Friends of Chapel Road School for children with complex needs.

For others, he was best known for running the Regal cinema in Wymondham for many years.

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On Sunday, Andy Gardiner, chairman of Wymondham Town FC, said: 'He was a terrific friend of mine. He was a true Wymondham character. I loved him to bits. It's a truly sad day.'

Ahead of the funeral, Mr King's family have said flowers are welcome, while donations can be made by writing a cheque payable to Star Throwers and sending it to Ivan Fisher Independent Funeral Home, Norton House, 17 Park Drive, Hethersett, Norwich, NR9 3EN.

• Would you like to pay tribute to Mr King? Email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk