Following a blog post ‘A Town’s Boxing History: Swindon’, its author Danielle Brown will be working alongside the local studies team at Swindon Central Library and the residents of Swindon to expand the post, firstly into a book, then a documentary, detailing the towns extensive history of boxing.
This will be the first of its kind, and with the present day boxing scene burgeoning the author hopes for future additions from the boxing community.
For now though, Danielle is calling out for anyone who has been involved in any aspect of boxing in or around Swindon during the 20th century to share their stories.
During the next few months she will be extensively setting up interviews and meetings, gathering footage, photos, newspaper clippings and programmes in order to gather as much information for the book as possible.
Speaking of the forthcoming project Danielle said: “It is vital that no one is left out. The more people that are involved, the more accurately we can depict the boxing history of Swindon.
“It was lots of fun writing the blog post. There was an overwhelmingly positive response, plus there are so many great stories and interesting accounts to be heard”.
“Swindon has one of the best boxing scenes, our locals thrive on it. Each and every one of us are connected through our towns boxing, in some sort of way. What better way to celebrate that, than by learning more and hearing the stories who were a part of making Swindon ‘the fighting town’ that it is today”
“Even if you are child/grandchild of someone involved in boxing and would like to share the stories that have been shared with you, every piece of information helps build up a strong portrayal of such a fantastic history that we have”.
YourSport Swindon, who are becoming more and more prominent within Swindon’s sports scene, would like to work with Danielle, to make a documentary, after the book has been published.
Danielle added “I would like to thank everyone that was involved in helping me write the original post, especially Ricky Porter. He has been a great help. It has been a pleasure hearing his accounts of boxing back in the day.
“I cannot wait to have more people involved and to share with you all an amazing bunch of sporting nostalgia.
“The Local Studies unit that is based in Swindon’s central library have also been a great help. They have printed and displayed my original document in the history section.”
Danielle will be looking for sports charity causes to assist with proceeds from the book. If you are part of a boxing or sports organisation, you can get in touch with the email dress below.
Danielle is urging anyone who has shared a part in Swindon’s boxing past to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org, the Facebook page;- A Town’s Boxing History: Swindon, or the Twitter account @STBoxingHistory
Pictured is Kelly Morgan, a rising star of UK boxing from Swindon