Boxing legend Jack Bishop says Queen’s party was a knockout

Jack Bishop and his daughter Patricia Blyth from Portsmouth during a garden party held at Buckingham Palace
Jack Bishop and his daughter Patricia Blyth from Portsmouth during a garden party held at Buckingham Palace
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LEGENDARY boxer Jack Bishop may start a career as a tour guide of Buckingham Palace.

The 91-year-old sporting star made the tongue-in-cheek quip after enjoying a second visit to the Queen’s residence.

He and his daughter Patricia Kelly-Blyth, both of Fareham, were invited to a garden party – the first this year of many that are held by the Queen.

Mr Bishop, who turns 92 on Friday, said: ‘I’ve been down there twice in the past three years – I’m going to get a job there as a tour guide!

‘It was a great day. The sun was shining and there were lots of guests and VIPs around.

‘We were there for a few hours and there were some lovely sandwiches, cakes and drinks.

‘There were people from overseas and from the services.

‘The Queen was there, along with Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla and other members of the royal family.’

Mr Bishop was recognised on the Queen’s birthday honours list with a British Empire Medal for his role as a boxing coach and promoter in Portsmouth and Southampton, last year, which is why he was invited to this week’s party.

The boxing trainer has given his life to his sport, which has even earned him the nickname Mr Boxing.

He has been involved with the sport for more than 80 years and has worked tirelessly to promote local fighters.

He first took up boxing as a 10-year-old before joining the Royal Marines.

In 2009, his achievements saw him honoured within boxing when he received the British Boxing Board of Control Lifetime Service Award.

It was 57-year-old Patricia’s second visit to the palace – her first was also with her father but it was to recognise her service as a foster carer.

She said: ‘It was a brilliant day out for me and my dad and we had a great 
time.

‘Being invited makes you feel special, that you have been picked and you get to meet different people.

‘For my dad it seemed like a nice birthday present ahead of him turning 92.

‘I’m still doing the fostering, which is great.

‘Who knows if I will ever be nominated for an honour like my dad?’