I have always believed that as Britain's youngest world champion of the modern era and the only British boxer to win a World title during the 1920s there should be a lasting monument to mark his achievements and that it should be in Poplar where he hailed from.
Carl Payne, the Sculptor responsible for the Randolph Turpin Statue in Warwick, has been commissioned to produce a life size bronze of my grandfather. Miniatures of which will be produced as Limited Editions and available for purchase to help raise funds for the life size version.
We plan to set up a charity to pay for and maintain the statue, the main Object will be:
“To advance the education of the public in the life and achievements of Teddy Baldock, who became Britain’s youngest World boxing champion after winning the bantamweight title, in 1927 at just nineteen years of age. Including but not by way of limitation, the erection and maintenance of a permanent public memorial.”
The statue is to be erected at the entrance to Langdon Park Community Sports College, Poplar, East London, which happens to be built on the very site of the house in which my grandfather grew up. Not only will this enhance the local area and act as a focal point. But serve as an inspiration and daily reminder to the pupils that a native of Poplar from humble beginnings had, through determination and hard work risen to the very pinnacle of his chosen sporting career. This being particularly poignant as the Lansbury Amateur Boxing Club is to be re-located within a proposed purpose built gymnasium in the grounds of the college.
We now need to raise the funds, so I hope that you will look upon this project as worthy of your support. Donations can be made directly to:
“The Teddy Baldock Statuette Fund”
Sort Code 40-01-18
Account Number 21718193
Any fund raising suggestions/advice would be greatly received and I hope that when the funds are raised I will be able to invite you to the unveiling.
I will be running the London Marathon 17th April 2011 so would welcome any Sponsors.