MY late father in law Bert Drew devoted his time to the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association (WABA) with the likes of a very young Eddie Thomas, Joey Erskine, Howard Winstone and many many other young boxers. He was a referee and judge and took part in the boxing at the Empire Games in Cardiff.

When he died, a police sergeant called to see my mother in law. I remember him pointing to the stripes on his jacket and saying that if it wasn't for Bert and boxing he would not be wearing them but would probably be in prison.

If you agree or disagree with boxing it has helped so many lads keep on the straight and narrow.

I was so angry when I read in last week's Penarth Times that some residents on the Billy Banks want the church to be pulled down, I had to write to help the boxing club.

Sheila Drew

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