Wrestling Winter warmer

Wrestling at the Winter Gardens in Morecambe.
Wrestling at the Winter Gardens in Morecambe.

It will be a hot night of wrestling in the Winter Gardens this Sunday (February 15) because the wrestlers are bringing their own heating.

The tough guys of the ring have struck a deal with the Winter Gardens Preservation Trust who will hire fan heaters to warm up the grand old Morecambe theatre for this weekend’s action-packed show.

The grappling stars decided to take matters into their own hands after reading our story in last week’s Visitor about a charity show by comedian Jon Richardson, which left audiences chilled due to the freezing temperatures inside the venue.

Efforts by the Winter Gardens to install a heating system have been thwarted by a delayed planning application and concerns of English Heritage, who object to plans to feed a duct through the wall.

Charles Nelson Riley, promoter with Morecambe-based PAID Promotions, said: “We wanted to help the Winter Gardens, because we love the venue and it’s fantastic for wrestling.

“We also want to make sure our fans can enjoy our show without having to wrap up too much in their winter woolies.

“The wrestlers feel the cold too. Although they’re tough guys and girls and they throw themselves around to keep warm, their outfits aren’t exactly thermal!

“So we’ve been shopping around for heating and secured a good deal with HSS Hire on multiple fan heaters.

“These should supply equal heat to the large blowers the Winter Gardens have been using, whilst being gas free and quieter.

“We’d like to thank HSS Hire and the Winter Gardens for their co-operation.”

The show, called ‘Love and War’ starts at 4.30pm this Sunday and front row tickets are already sold out, but adult, child and family tickets are still available.

The six-bout card includes a British Heavyweight Title clash between ‘One Man Riot’ Craig Kollins and Stixx, masked man El Ligero takes on Chris Ridgeway, there will be a tables match between Dangerous Damon Leigh and ‘Mr Big’ Shaun Vasey, and Ricky J McKenzie battles Bubblegum.

Tickets on the door, from HERE or from Studio Bronze on Queen Street, Morecambe.