BOXING: BILLY Whitmarsh, the last surviving founder member of Ellesmere Port's oldest boxing club, Golden Star, has died.
Alongside Billy Hickman, Whitmarsh, 71, formed the Golden Star in 1967 and had been associated with the club, based at the Phoenix Club on Cambridge Road, ever since.
Golden Star head coach, Carl Teasdale, said: 'All at the club send their deepest sympathies to Billy's family.
'He was a wonderful old gentleman who was respected by everyone at the gym.
'Although I never knew him as a coach like he was in the Golden Star's early days, he was a great friend and I know he was an enormous inspiration to some of the older hands at the club.
'Although he had not been in the best of health for some time, he still used to come up to training sessions as often as possible to watch the sparring and smell the smell - and in his role as honourary president, he was always there in the background for us.
'Billy was named guest of honour at a special Golden Star 35th Anniversary Dinner Show at Ellesmere Port's Holiday Inn last year and, as we've currently got lots of hungry young boxers in the gym, I would like to introduce a best newcomer award after him, so his memory will always live on.'
His funeral was held earlier today.