THE story of how a boxer from County Durham rose through the ranks to become world champion is one that has inspired people across the world.

But many didn’t realise that while Glenn McCrory was battling to become the best in the world in his sport, his brother David was fighting against all odds, too - but for his life.

McCrory’s autobiography, Carrying David, brought the tale of his adopted step brother’s terminal illness, and how it drove him on to be the best he could be when he stepped inside the ring.

The book has been adapted to stage by Ed Waugh, and it has won plaudits wherever it has been performed. With Waugh the writer of the play, he has teamed up with director Russell Floyd, known for his work on Hadaway Harry, to produce another North-East hit.

With Micky Cochrane taking on the lead role of Glenn McCrory, theatre critics across the UK have been bowled over by the heart wrenching story portrayed to devastating effect.

And the team is bringing the show to Hexham as it will be performed at Queen’s Hall on September 14.

Shows at Newcastle Theatre Royal and London last year were cancelled due to the pandemic, but there is excitement about bringing the show back on the road with Hexham named as a handful of venues in the North-East the alongside the Gala Theatre in Durham, Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle, Alnwick Playhouse, Blyth Phoenix Theatre and The Witham, in Barnard Castle.

Tickets for the Hexham show are available from the Queen’s Hall box office on 01434 652477 or its website.