Golden boy Charlie a knockout at old school

Charlie shows off his medal to P7 pupil Ryan Fallan, a member of Keir Hardie Amateur Boxing Club, who dreams of following in his footsteps
Charlie shows off his medal to P7 pupil Ryan Fallan, a member of Keir Hardie Amateur Boxing Club, who dreams of following in his footsteps

Boxing hero Charlie Flynn went back to his old school - and delighted pupils at Newarthill Primary by passing round his gold medal.

The 20-year-old Commonwealth Games lightweight champion was centre of attention at a special assembly which featured pupils, led by Casey Fletcher, singing their very own version of the pop classic Congratulations.

Charlie was happy to answer questions from the eager pupils and pose for photos with his old teachers.

And he encouraged everyone to work hard to achieve their goals.

He said: “It’s up to you to put in the effort. Whatever you do, the harder you work the greater will be your reward.”

Royal Mail worker Charlie hit the headlines for his exploits inside and outside the ring in Glasgow.

After his gold medal-winning effort, he endeared himself to the nation with his BBC interview and the line ‘The mailman delivers’.

One of his first stops after the Games was to call in to see his workmates at the Royal Mail centre in Netherton and last week it was the turn of his old teachers at Newarthill Primary to offer their congratulations.

There’s still a strong Flynn connection at the school. Charlie’s sister Miriam has just moved on to secondary school, sister Rose is in Primary 3 and brother Samuel has just started in
Primary 1.

Little Samuel was all dressed up as Postman Pat to greet his big brother and present him with a sackful of congratulations cards from the pupils.

And a poem written by Rose was read out at the assembly.

Charlie has been boxing since he used to sneak into Newarthill ABC at the age of seven and he told the children they shouldn’t be shy about taking up a sport or other activity if they fancied it.

He told them: “If you like something, whether it’s schoolwork, art or singing, then do it.

“Don’t be scared to tell people. That’s what you want in this life - to do something you enjoy.”

Head teacher June Kennedy was delighted to welcome Charlie back to the school and wished him all the best in his future career.

She said: “Before the summer holidays the children were doing a Commonwealth Games project, but we didn’t think it would end like this with our very own gold medallist coming to see us!”