JOHNNY 'LEGS' VALENTINE
This extremely popular wrestler worked the opposition circuits for many years and won the respect of all who entered the ring against him.
LEGS VALENTINE PASSES AWAY
Johnny "Legs" Valentine was, like so many others, nurtured by Jack Taylor at his Leicestershire gymnasium to take his place in the independent promoters' rings of the 1960s. Jack gave the twenty-three year old his chance to enter the professional ranks and in 1961 he was touring the country tackling the likes of Butcher Goodman, Mick Collins and Leno Larazzi. John lived in the village of Newbold Vernon, Leicestershire, and continued wrestling until into the 1970s. A teenage interest in politics continued throughout his life, serving as a local councillor and standing as a candidate in Parliamentary elections. An organiser of charity events over many years and involvement in the jazz club which he ran at Newbold Verdon Working Mens' Club, led to Johnny receiving the Mayor's Award for Outstanding Services in the Borough of Hinckley and Bosworth. Following a long battle with lung cancer Legs Valentine passed away on 29th December, 2011. He was 73 years old.