Sugar Ray Robinson’s visit to Larbert’s Dobbie Hall

Jennifer, with her beehive hairdo, gets her arm signed by Sugar Ray Robinson at the Dobbie Hall in 1964
Jennifer, with her beehive hairdo, gets her arm signed by Sugar Ray Robinson at the Dobbie Hall in 1964

When one of the most famous and possibly the best pound-for-pound boxer of all time visited the district on August 21, 1964, fans were predictably excited.

When five times middleweight champion of the world Sugar Ray Robinson dropped in to the Dobbie Hall in Larbert, a 17-year-old Jennifer Cruickshanks was there to meet him and get his autograph.

She said: “Everyone was struggling to get up on stage to see him and get his autograph.

“People were getting it on cigarette packets and anything they could find. I didn’t have anything so had to get him to sign my arm. I just stuck my arm out.

“Good girls didn’t go to the Dobbie Hall in those days, we went to Doak’s, so I was going to be in trouble with my mum. I had to tell her because I was going to be in the Herald the next week.”