A free two-day Cornish wrestling event will be showing all comers all the grapples and hitches in one of the world’s oldest sports.

Cornish Wrestling – An Exhibition will build on the success of a similar exhibition held last year, but this time the focus will be on encouraging children and young people to have a go at this important Cornish tradition.

Peter Sheldon, secretary of the Cornish Wrestling Association said: “Wrestling is our national sport in Cornwall and is a direct link with our ancestors handed down over thousands of years.

“The children who attended last year were so enthusiastic we want to provide more training opportunities.”

There will be talks by Cornish Wrestling Champion and historian Gerry Cawley and by Dr Mike Tripp, as well as an exhibition of historical material and a presentation of archival accounts of Cornish wrestling in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The two-day event is part of the two-year Penwith Points of View project.

Project co-ordinator Jane Howells said: “We saw last year how much the young people enjoyed trying out Cornish wrestling and we are very pleased that the Cornish Wrestling Association are coming to Madron again.”

There will also be plenty for people interested in finding out about Cornish traditions. Cornish Wrestling is very distinctive and has an incredibly rich history both in Cornwall and overseas where it was taken by Cornish miners.”

The two-day event is free to attend and takes place from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Saturday, November 14, and Sunday, November 15, in the Billiard Room, Landithy Hall, Madron.

The training sessions start at 10.30am and 2.45pm on both days. In addition the weekend has entertainment for people of all ages.

For more information about the event please contact admin@bewnanskernow.org