BOXER Martin Murray shared the story of his life at a charity lunch in aid of St Ann's Hospice alongside glam rock legend Noddy Holder.

The Fingerpost fighter told an audience of 260 at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa in Knutsford how he turned his back on a life of crime to become a successful boxer and family man.

Noddy also did not pull any punches as the one-time lead singer with Slade recounted amusing stories from his music career.

The event was organised by Pat and Paula Loftus, from High Legh, who have raised around £65,000 for charities, including the Steve Prescott Foundation, from their annual lunches.

Pat said: "Martin's story is an inspiration to us all how he turned his life around and he gave a brilliant insight his background and boxing career."

Guests included former Saints star Paul Sculthorpe, ex-footballers Paul Dickov, Dennis Tueart, Brian Horton and Kevin Moran, former cricketer Neil Fairbrother and Emmerdale actor Chris Bisson.