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Wrestlers' show can prove a hit with families

By Carmarthen Journal  |  Posted: January 09, 2013

By Graeme wilkinson

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THE hard-hitting spectacle of live wrestling is coming to West Wales later this year.

This is not cage fighting — the organiser is keen to stress — but instead a family show of cheers, thrills and body slams.

Alan Ravenhill's troupe of wrestlers are appearing for single nights only in Carmarthen and Lampeter in June.

Mr Ravenhill said: "It's like the old style wresting — a bit more pantomime than it used to be. We like to tell a story on the night.

"I've got my own version of Big Daddy and, although the bad guys may be doing well to start with, the good guys will come through in the end."

The professional fighters of Welsh Wrestling combine their pantomime-style characters and stage-managed fights with real stunts.

"The shows are aimed at children and families and they have a great time. The kids love it," Mr Ravenhill added.

"What we're also hoping is to get the students in on it. When we do it Cardiff, the students go nuts and give a great atmosphere."

He said the shows, which are held in towns across Wales and along the English border, also raise money for the charity Beat Bullying.

The fighters will be performing at the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen and also at Victoria Hall in Lampeter in the first week of June.

Mr Ravenshill added that the smaller venues, such as Lampeter, suited him perfectly.

He said it was only by accident that he decided to book Lampeter at all — but after seeing Victoria Hall for himself decided to go for it. "I'd had a show in Aberystwyth and I was coming back through Lampeter. I took a wrong turning and I saw this hall," he said.

"The only hall I knew of in Lampeter was the concert hall at the university — and there was this lovely little hall. So, I stopped and went in to see them and booked it."

He said he hoped to continue the shows each year in both towns if they are a success.

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