Buttermere Show 2005

Buttermere Show is over, so as far as wrestlers are concerned it is now officially Winter. The serious wrestlers, mostly boys, travelled unlikely distances from Northumberland and Lancashire to compete at this tiny Herdwick, hound, terrier and ferret show nestling in the Lakeland Fells. The Brocklebank family from Warton on the Lancashire edge of Morecambe Bay had a particularly good day, despite the rain. Ben Brocklebank set the standard in the Under 12 Years which he won after a final with Paul Murray of Arlecdon. Murray tried to buttock but Brocklebank had been well schooled at Kendal Academy to throw his man forward from the attack. Graham Brocklebank then went one step better by hiping his way through all the opposition in the Under 18 Years, and then doing the same in the men's 12½ Stones. Then it was the turn of big brother, Thomas, who proved himself the gentle giant by lifting all the opposition and then gently laying them down on the wet hillside which served as a wrestling ring. The only open event not won by a Brocklebank was the Under 15 Years, the final of which saw the first of a highly competitive set of bouts between Jack Ewart of Westward and Finn Healey of Haydon Bridge. The winning cross-buttock from Jack Ewart was one of the falls of the day. Two girls were particularly well matched. Elizabeth and Margaret Todd are twins and had a set of hard bouts before Elizabeth won. As often happens on these occasions local wrestlers made the event with their enthusiasm and unorthodox approach. One bout left the judges astonished and the crowd in stitches. John Richardson was wrestling hard in the Under 15 Years when it became obvious that his hipster jeans were heading south. Just before gravity and exertion completed the job, he broke hold, pulled his trousers up, grabbed hold again and continued wrestling until he was told that his bid for decency had cost him the fall.

Buttermere Show:

Under 12 Years: 1, B Brocklebank; 2, P Murray; 3, L Smith.

Under 15 Years: 1, J Ewart; 2, F Healey; 3, Brocklebank.

Under 18 Years: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, F Healey; 3, M Hayton.

Locals: 1, M Hayton; 2, J Richardson; 3, D Jarman. Girls: 1, E Todd; 2, M Todd.

12½st: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, F Healey; 3, M Hayton.

All Weights: 1, T Brocklebank; 2, J Ewart; 3, M Hayton.

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (October 25th 2005)

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