Emotions run high at special blessing in Kevin's memory

Date published: 28 July 2020

It proved to be an emotional day at the Oldham-based Siam Camp on Sunday when former Grand Master Kevin Lloyd was remembered fondly.

Siam Camp martial arts members were stunned when Kevin passed away last month, and emotions ran high at the weekend when two monks from the Wat Sriratanaram Monastery in Bolton came to Oldham to conduct a blessing.  

The monks were asked to visit the Belgrave Mill gym to celebrate Kevin's life and bless the gym as members enter a new chapter, building on the solid foundations that were laid down by the Grand Master. 

The blessing consisted of sitting meditation, standing meditation and the gym being blessed with holy water.

Siam Camp was established back in 1984 by Grand Master Kevin. 

He was known around the world for Thai Boxing and Muay Boran. 

Unexpectedly in the early hours of June 18, Kevin passed away, peacefully in his sleep.  

Thousands of people took to social media from around the world to send messages of condolence. 

He dedicated his life to the Thai Boxing sport and travelled all over the world to carry out seminars. 

Grand Master Kevin Lloyd passed away in June

He was also heavily involved in the international Thai martial art games and festival, covering all levels from amateur pro-am to professional, which are held every March in Thailand. 

Over the years he has helped several individuals and families, giving them opportunities and helping them achieve their dreams. 

As a family gym, the committee has now taken the decision to continue the legacy he has left behind. 

Kevin will always be at the heart of the gym and the respect will continue as students will start each class by bowing to a picture which has been placed within the gym, and they will finish the class by bowing out to him.

Last night (Monday) marked the start of a new chapter as the gym reopened. 

Thai boxing classes for ages five and upwards are available. 

Bookings can be made at http://www.siamcamp.com/ or by calling 07850 544148.

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