Published on : Saturday, September 10, 2016
Gloves, trophies and memorabilia depicting the life of boxing legend Benny Lynch are on display todayat Glasgow Central station.Visiting for one day only, the travelling exhibition coincides with the 81st anniversary of the day Lynch became Scotland’s first ever World Champion boxer.
After winning the fight against fancied champion Jacki Brown in Manchester 1935, Lynch travelled back to Glasgow by train to be greeted by a crowd of around 100,000 people who packed in to the station and lined the streets to celebrate his achievement.
Hosted by Glasgow Museums and the Remembering Benny Lynch campaign group, the travelling exhibition showcases the World and European Championship trophies won by Lynch who was from the Gorbals area of Glasgow.
Open Museum outreach assistant Kevin Kerrigan said: “Benny Lynch is Scotland’s greatest ever sporting legend. He was our first World boxing champion and he inspired thousands since his memorable win 81 years ago. It is important that future generations are aware of his legacy.”
Shift station manager Ross Kerr said: “Glasgow Central station is an iconic city landmark and it’s great that we can celebrate and share its past and strong connection with Glaswegians through exhibitions like this one.
“You can only imagine the anticipation and excitement that Benny Lynch caused when he first arrived on the concourse to be greeted by over one hundred thousand people and Glasgow Central will forever be part of that moment in history.”