Mexborough’s Iron Hague packs a punch in show

A painting of the legendary local boxer James William 'Iron' Hague.
A painting of the legendary local boxer James William 'Iron' Hague.
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Artefacts depicting the life of Dearne boxing legend Iron Hague are to be featured in a celebrity version of the Antiques Roadshow.

Family members of the Mexborough-born fighter, who won the British Heavyweight title in 1909, talk about his life on the BBC2 programme Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.

The show also has contributions from former Eastenders’ actor Shaun Williamson, who revealed himself to be a huge boxing fan.

Filming took place recently at Cusworth Hall in Doncaster, and the show is broadcast on Monday, November 18, at 7pm.

Historian Giles Brearley, Swinton, also appears in the show, alongside Iron Hague’s granddaughters, Jeanette Bradley and Ann Dorrin.

The 57-year-old, of Fitzwilliam Road, Swinton, said: “Shaun is a huge boxing fan and owns a large collection of boxing publications. He knew of Iron Hague and was keen to expand his knowledge of the boxer and meet his family.”

An oil painting of Iron Hague had been on a long term loan from the family to Cusworth Hall. But the community recently raised £2, 500 to keep the painting permanently at the hall.

Bob Johnson, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, said he was “delighted” with the success of the campaign.