World championship wrestling at Rothbury

Robson Green tries his hand at Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling at Powburn Show.
Robson Green tries his hand at Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling at Powburn Show.

World championship wrestling is coming to Rothbury as the village’s club hosts a competition night.

Rothbury Wrestling Academy will be hosting the 15-stone world championship at its event on Friday, September 5, with competitors from across the local area as well as those from Cumbria due to take part.

The club, and its sport, is set to be highlighted by Robson Green in his new ITV series of Tales from Northumberland after the Hexham-born actor took part in the Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling competition at Powburn Show at the beginning of August.

Organiser Darren Whitfield, from Rothbury Wrestling Academy, said : “We are looking forward to an entertaining evening of exciting wrestling with a high-quality competition.

“Rothbury Mart is a great venue for wrestling as it is a natural arena in Rothbury which is the real home of the Cumberland wrestling community in Northumberland.

“We have a great evening lined up for everyone. It’s not often that you get to see a world championship being decided right here in Northumberland.”

The evening, starting from 6pm, will be capped off with music from Big Dave’s Elastic Band and a late licensed bar.

Tickets (under 12 free, under 18 £2.50, adult £5) are available in advance or on the door.

Contact Darren Whitfield at rothburywrestling@gmail.com or 01669 640013.

Earlier this month, Lib Dem campaigner Julie Porksen called for a reduction in red tape for Cumberland wrestling events following the relaxation of rules for other wrestling activities.

In October 2013, a Government consultation set out how it intended to remove unnecessary regulation from certain smaller-scale events, freeing up organisers to put on eligible entertainment without filling in licensing forms or going through a costly process.

However, the outcome said that ‘the Government considers that Cornish or Cumbrian wrestling entertainments cannot, with the same certainty, be considered to be lower risk entertainment’.

Darren said: “It would really help us if we had to do less admin to put on wrestling events which lots of people enjoy. Our small group of helpers really keep the sport alive and if we can do less admin we can spend more time training the next generation of world champion wrestlers.”

The academy trains girls and boys, age six and up, on Wednesdays during term-time at Dr Thomlinson’s School in Rothbury.