Well-loved Swinton man Ken Wyatt dies

SWINTON'S Olympic boxing star, Ken Wyatt snr, has died, aged 86.

Originally from Somerset, Ken was well known in the South Yorkshire area as a former professional boxer who had a creditable amateur and professional career boxing at light heavyweight and heavyweight.

He was in the 1948 London Olympic Squad and was also very well known for his work as a bouncer at the Mexborough Empress Ballroom during its heyday when it was visited by such acts as Lulu, Cilla Black, Cliff Richard and Screaming Lord Sutch.

Ken also worked as a bouncer at Rawmarsh baths when that building was used as a dance hall.

He was known as a gentle giant who would always seek to avoid trouble with revellers, but could always handle himself, if required.

In 1941, at the age of 17, he joined the RAF and served in North Africa, France and Germany.

His working life was spent with utility companies such as electric, gas and finally Yorkshire Water.

He is survived by widow Hilda, daughter Jane, son Ken and three grandchildren.

Ken's funeral will be held at Swinton St Margaret's Church, today (Thurs) at 11am.