Published on May 9, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour0
A beer with a ring to it
The beer created to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Glenn McCrory winning the World Cruiserweight Championship was officially launched by the man himself at The Grey Horse in Consett. Not only was McCrory born and brought up near the pub, but the incredible boxing match on June 3 1989 took place only a few miles away in Stanley, County Durham.
Furthermore, Our Hero, a traditional English Pale Ale, is being brewed by Consett Ale works in its brewery behind the Grey Horse pub, emphasising the local nature of the class and talent we have here in the North East.
Glenn McCrory brought along his prized Lonsdale belt (“I slept in it after the fight”) while a local enthusiast also displayed the bell used for the contest – poignant pieces of history.
He then gave a fascinating insight into the fight against the supposedly-unbeatable Patrick Lumumba, plus the build-up and its aftermath to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters, relating how his “training camps” were a Portakabin in a field and a room above a shop, of running the Consett Moors at six in morning under the watchful eye of trainer Alan Walker, and how Derwentside Council leader Alex Watson had ingeniously come up with the bid to host the match attended by 1,500 supporters and televised live to millions worldwide.
A one-man play, Carrying David, by the celebrated Ed Waugh, is touring regional venues during May and June. It traces the emotion, drama and physical exertion of those glory days and the role Glenn’s terminally ill brother David played in it.
Carrying David details: wisecrackproductions.co.uk