The Hippodrome was a large performance space, in which many people gathered to celebrate sports such as dance, boxing and even wrestling. this mostly took place on Saturday evenings. A particular memory of an ex-mayor of Stratford includes those of John’s boxing days….
Started boxing at 12
I started boxing when i was 12, and went once a week to train. At 15, I entered my first competition. Over my entire boxing career, I won 82 matches and only lost one. A particular memory of mine was in one match in the hippodrome, where i took a blow to the jaw that caused me to fall to my knees. My last match was at age 32.
After my boxing days, I joined the army, where i was deployed to the middle east, in the time of the Egyptian war. My boxing days helped in defence during the army.
After the war
After the war, I returned to Stratford, I noticed huge change in the area, so attended a council meeting. My input attracted a lot of positive attention and resulted in me being asked to run for a council role. One of the men on the council, helped me run for the role, and insisted that I knocked on every door, to promote my campaign. This resulted in my running of 23 years.