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The Newham Story => Sporting Newham => Topic started by: West Ham Al on 31 August, 2015, 09:49:21 AM

Title: Denis McNamara
Post by: West Ham Al on 31 August, 2015, 09:49:21 AM
Hi everybody . After watching a nostalgic video of trolley buses in West Ham ,there was a clip of Stratford Broadway .probably around 1960 ,with a policeman on point duty with the traffic circulating around him . It then brought back memories of Dennis McNamara ,a West Ham policeman , but also an Olympic and commonwealth games heavyweight wrestler . He was a larger than life character often seen on duty around Stratford and as a teenager ,if you were up to any mischief and "Big Mac " told you to stop ,you didn't give him any cheek ! But he was always a gentleman .
Does anybody else remember him ?    Al
Title: Re: Denis McNamara
Post by: linda c on 01 September, 2015, 12:32:54 PM
Hi Al

I don't remember Denis but looking up his history I would imagine he was a good deterrent from committing a crime as it says he weighed 16stone and was 6ft 1.

It says he was 6 times British Champion and the British and European Police Champion.

Regards
Linda
Title: Re: Denis McNamara
Post by: West Ham Al on 01 September, 2015, 07:31:41 PM
Hi Linda , yes Big Mac was was a very imposing character . In his day the sport was strictly amateur so he had to work to earn a living but he was a very approachable policeman and was very well known around the area if only for his size . Al
Title: Re: Denis McNamara
Post by: clampit on 14 January, 2019, 04:47:47 PM
denis lived on the corner of tunmarsh lane and oban st in plaistow
Title: Re: Denis McNamara
Post by: KenM on 15 January, 2019, 03:14:21 PM
Those were the days when West Ham policemen mingled with the community.
As a member of a local motorcycle group the 2 local speed cops would keep a keen eye on our activities & a quiet word at times was respected.
Ken.
Title: Re: Denis McNamara
Post by: linda co on 16 January, 2019, 07:50:05 AM
Hi Ken, it's a shame that photos still can't be viewed on here as I found a good one of him which I printed on here in 2015.
Linda
Title: Re: Denis McNamara
Post by: MickG on 17 January, 2019, 01:31:54 AM
It's surprising there are so few pictures available of Dennis McNamara. I have found only one and a very good one at that,  but unfortunately it is subject to copyright.

What I can do however is post the link to the website where the picture can be found. The link needs to be copied and pasted into your browser address bar.

https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/olympic-heavyweight-wrestler-and-policeman-dennis-mcnamara-news-photo/3351613
Title: Re: Denis McNamara
Post by: KenM on 17 January, 2019, 12:06:48 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/Y2sZPt2J/Screen-Shot-01-17-19-at-11-56-AM.png) (https://postimages.org/)


I have found this,
Ken