Source: The Cornishman
IF YOU ever fancied yourself as a wrestler, but without the staged theatrics, then a special Cornish wrestling exhibition – that includes the chance to try the sport – will be of interest.
A celebration of one of the oldest sports in Britain takes place in Madron, near Penzance, this weekend with a free two-day programme of events.
Cornish wrestling or 'wrasslin' is believed to date back more than 2,000 years and from early times the men of Cornwall established themselves a formidable reputation as fighters.
The exhibition will feature a series of talks, demonstrations and films that will prove both interesting and inspirational to anyone with an interest in the Cornish martial art.
Exhibition organiser Jane Howells said: "The history of Cornish wrestling is fascinating. At the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, where Cornish archers were crucial to the victory, the Cornish banner depicted two wrestlers in a hitch."
Peter Sheldon, secretary of the Cornish Wrestling Association, added: "This weekend has entertainment for people of all ages from talks and films to Cornish singing – and a chance to wear the famous wrasslin' jacket and try out the sport."
The event will be run as part of the Penwith Points of View project in conjunction with the Cornish Wrestling Association and takes place at the Billiard Room, Landithy Hall, Madron, and will be kicked off by former champion Gerry Cawley with a talk on the history and practice of Cornish wrestling.
The talks continue with Trev Lawrence and Simon Reed both of whom will be speaking on wrestling and folklore. There will be a film show with Cornish filmmaker Mark Jenkin and Kernow King Films.
During both days there will be a live demonstration and a chance put on the vest and have a go.
The exhibition runs on Saturday and Sunday, running from 10.30am to 3.30pm, in the Billiard Room, Landithy Hall, Madron, with free tea and biscuits available throughout the day.
For more information on the event, including running order, visit www.bewnanskernow.org
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