Addiscombe wrestles with Jack Black’s fund-raising scheme

ANDREW PELLING tries to do a Kent Walton impersonation and unmasks a potential new method of funding voluntary groups

In the words of Bonnie Tyler, we need a hero. But we may need to search no further than the Sir Philip Game Centre in Addiscombe.

There, about a dozen Addiscombe residents have been particularly game this past week in getting into the sometimes high-flying acts of Mexican wrestling.

Under the guidance of the centre’s resident martial arts master, Keith Nicholas, men and women have been learning to wrestle freestyle with the London School of Lucha Libre.

Lucha Libre means free wrestling in Spanish. Mexican wrestlers typically wear masks and play out the roles of heroes or heroines and villains.

We have plenty of those in Croydon’s affairs: heroes, heroines and villains that is.

Some may know of Mexican wrestling from the film Nacho Libre. Jack Black played the role of a friar who seeks to raise funds for hungry orphans as he fights in the ring hidden behind his Mexican mask. Eventually discovered, the hero lives out in the wilderness but wins much money for the orphans and is re-embraced by the clergy.

We wonder whether Croydon has any athletic ministers who might be able to take to the ring to raise much-needed cash for the borough’s charities and voluntary groups?

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