Heavyweight support for London Borough of Culture bid 

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Boxing legend Frank Bruno is the latest celebrity to back Wandsworth’s bid for London Borough of Culture 2025. 

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Frank Bruno with Kemi Akinola

Former heavyweight champion Frank Bruno was at Southside Shopping Centre in Wandsworth Town Centre to sign copies of his new autobiography Frank Bruno: 60 Years a Fighter.   

Frank said: “Wandsworth has a special place in my heart and it’s always great to revisit this borough where I grew up. As a South London lad I'll definitely back Wandsworth to be London Borough of Culture in 2025." 

Thousands of local people have supported Wandsworth’s bid to become London Borough of Culture 2025, including Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho. Families and young people have shared their creative ideas and the council has been listening to local businesses, arts organisations, community partners and voluntary groups on what would make a successful year of culture right across the borough.

The borough's bid will be sent to the Mayor of London at the end of November. Find out more about Wandsworth's bid for London Borough of Culture

Leader of Wandsworth Council Simon Hogg said: “It‘s great to have Frank Bruno’s support for our London Borough of Culture bid - one of the UK’s greatest sporting legends. We want everyone in Wandsworth to back our bid, so please find out more and pledge your support.”

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Frank Bruno MBE, started boxing aged nine at Wandsworth Boys Club, near where he grew up in Barmouth Street SW18.

After becoming Amateur British Champion at the young age of only 18, Frank turned professional in 1982. His successful career saw him crowned heavyweight champion of the world in 1995 after beating Oliver McCall at a packed Wembley Stadium at the age of 34. In 1990, he was awarded an MBE for his services to boxing.

Frank signed copies of his new autobiography