London 2012: Gold medallists immortalised in Westfield Stratford exhibition

07:51 27 March 2012

A portrait of Olympic gold-medallist Terry Spinks featured in a Westfield Stratford exhibition

A portrait of Olympic gold-medallist Terry Spinks featured in a Westfield Stratford exhibition

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Olympic boxing legend Terry Spinks was among those immortalised at a photographic exhibition overlooking the Olympic Park.

A portrait of the gold medallist, who competed in the 1956 Melbourne Games one week after working as a bin man at the Royal Docks, was on show as part of Golden Greats, in John Lewis in Westfield Stratford City.

The 74-year-old was pictured ringside at the West Ham Boxing Club, where he trained.

His cousin Rosemary Ellmore, who lives with him in Chapel Heath, Romford, said the exhibition brought back memories of his feat.

She said: “He took his gold medal with him to the exhibition’s opening day. The Olympics completely changed his life.

“I would say that people will be inspired by it, it keeps their achievements at the forefront.

“When you think years ago they weren’t sponsored like they are now, Olympians come and go but gold medallists, especially boxers, are rare.”

Terry went on to be a coach for the South Koreans at the 1972 Munich Olympics, before working as a boxing trainer, bookie and pub landlord.

Golden Greats was put together by photographers and filmmakers Drew Gardner and Lucinda Marland, who have spent the last two years completing an anthology of the 14 British gold medalist aged over 60 in 2012.

Mr Gardner said: “The inspiration for the project came from childhood recollections of golden greats and wondering where they were now.

“The project has been incredibly rewarding and so well supported by the athletes and the sponsors.”

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