Town honours ‘King of Sport’ with civic award

Les King's family and friends accepted a civic award in his honour at the Wymondham Dell.Back row, f

Les King's family and friends accepted a civic award in his honour at the Wymondham Dell.Back row, from left, Mrs Nicky King, Town Mayor Joe Mooney and Mr Steve Taylor, seated, from left, Les King's son Ian King, Michael Armstrong, Les King's wife Anita King and Sue Taylor. - Credit: Submitted

He was one of Norfolk's best-loved figures – a pillar of the Wymondham community and champion of countless charities and sporting clubs.


Les King. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

And now a civic award has been presented to the family and close friends of Les King, who died in February aged 81.

The award was given to his wife, Anita King, son, Ian King and others at a ceremony at the Wymondham Dell Bowls Club by the town's mayor, Joe Mooney.

Mr Mooney said: 'Les was a man of principle and commitment, with great concern to those less fortunate than himself.

'He was rightly known as Mr Wymondham and the 'King of Sport'.

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'He is, in my view, a very worthy recipient of this year's Wymondham Town Council civic award'.

An old friend of Mr King's, Michael Armstrong, was part of the group that accepted the award.

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Mr Armstrong said: 'I'm very pleased that the town council have given this award which is worthy recognition of all that Les achieved for our town and its people.

'He was a larger-than-life character who will be remembered for all his charity work and also his contributions to the sporting life of the town - as well as being king of the silver screen at the Regal Cinema which provided entertainment for local people for many years.'

Mr King's many roles included life president of Wymondham Town and Wroxham FC, life patron of Norwich Lads Club, and chairman of the Friends of Chapel Road School for children with complex needs.

He was also patron of Wymondham-based cancer support charity Star Throwers, which along with his other charity work, he described as his 'biggest honour'.

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