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A very warm welcome to The Percy Vear’s Real Ale House, Keighley.  The Percy Vears was purchased from Timothy Taylor in 2012, after being owned by them for over 100 years.  

Percy Vear (12 July 1911 - 16 March 1983), born Herman Vear in Crossflatts, Bingley, England.  He was a British professional Boxer during the 1920s and 1930s.


Brought up in Crossflatts during the First World War, Vear lived in Keighley all his adult life.  Boxers are among the most colourful athletes in all sports, with names like “Hitman”, “Bomber” and “Gentleman Jim”, so it should come as no surprise that Vear was known as “Percy Vear”.  It is not known how or who gave Vear his fight name, bit in this case it seems likely that “Percy Vear” is a play on the word to “Persevere”.


Boxing Career

Vear was one of the most colourful characters in Keighley’s professional boxing scene in the 1920s and 1930s.  Vear was only of three fighters under the management of Keighley Boxing Promoter, Sam Scaife, during those boxing boom years, who also managed locally based fighters Freddie Irving and Johnny Barrett.  Perhaps overshadowed by the other two locally, Vear proved to be a bill topper in his own right in many boxing halls up and down the country.


Boxing first as a Flyweight, then Bantamweight and later as a Featherweight, the demand of the boxing boom proved so hectic that going on for 30 fights in a year were common (more than a lot of Boxers today have in a lifetime).


Vear had 131 bouts (many as a substitute) during his professional career, spanning from February 1929 to November 1934.  


Following his boxing career, Vear was involved with his local association football club, Keighley Town.


The pub was previously called ‘The Friendy’, but was renamed  Taylors owed the pub for over 100 years i have the paperwork so can fine out a date, previously called the friendly, renamed because of the pub’s new Landlord’s Grandad’s Keighley roots and boxing carrier.  Herman “Percy” Vear earned the nickname “Percy Vear”.  


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