Funeral of boxer killed at New Year’s Eve party to take place in Borough Hall

TRIBUTES ... Mark Denton was fatally injured at a New Year's Eve party.
TRIBUTES ... Mark Denton was fatally injured at a New Year's Eve party.

THE funeral of a former boxer killed at a New Year’s Eve party will take place at the venue that hosted his most memorable nights in the ring.

Mark Denton’s service will take place at the Borough Hall, in Hartlepool, on Friday, January 24.

The 31-year-old took part in entertaining bouts at the Headland venue during his successful amateur career.

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Coulter said the “electrifying nights” paved the way for future generations of boxers in the town, including world-champion Savannah Marshall.

The details of the funeral have been announced in a notice in the Hartlepool Mail by Mark’s parents Ann and Brian, who describe him as a “loving son” and a “good friend to many”.

They wrote in a poem: “His huge personality made him stand out from the crowd. He left us with a legacy of which we are all so very proud.

“To the world Mark was a legend full of laughter full of fun. To his parents he was our world, he was our beloved son.”

The funeral will take place in the Borough Hall at 1pm followed by an interment at Stranton Grange Cemetery. The notice says “all are welcome”.

A campaign to raise £10,000 to help Mark’s family meet funeral costs has almost reached its target and thousands of tributes flooded into a memorial page set up on Facebook.

Mark was brutally attacked at a house party in Hutton Avenue, Hartlepool, on New Year’s Eve, around 10pm, and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Two Hartlepool men, David Sowerby and Anthony Middleton, have been charged with his murder and are currently remanded in custody.

Sowerby, 23, of Allerton Close, Hartlepool, and Middleton, 21, of Bruntoft Avenue, Hartlepool, are next due at Teesside Crown Court, in Middlesbrough, on Monday April 7, when they are expected to enter either guilty, or not guilty, pleas to the alleged charge.

An inquest into Mark’s death has been opened and adjourned to a date which has yet to be fixed.