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Cathedral green to host world title wrestling bout

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 04, 2012

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Two events get to the root of Cornish culture in Truro this month, with a Cornish wrestling tournament and annual Crying the Neck ceremony on the same day.

Truro Old Cornwall Society will present the city's Cornish wrestling event on Cathedral Green from 10.30am on Saturday September 15. Among a range of competitions, the World Light Heavyweight Championship will be contested.

At the same time, Cornish poet, linguist and crier, Pol Hodge, will celebrate Crying the Neck on Lemon Quay. An ancient ceremony to recognise Harvest Home, it is regularly cried across fields throughout Cornwall at this time of year. Pol will cry the neck every half hour between 10am and 12.30pm.

Wrestling tournament sponsor Garry Mitchell, of Truro Glass Centre. said: "We are very proud of our identity and culture. It is important that those of us who trade with Cornwall's brand put something back into the culture which helps to create the image, values and reputation of Cornwall in the minds of customers, partners and visitors from all over the world. Nothing is as deeply rooted in our culture as 'wrasslin' and Truro Glass Centre is proud to support Truro's annual tournament. Good luck to one and all."

Truro Old Cornwall Society secretary and recorder, Christine Parnell, added: "Truro has been a centre for wrasslin for centuries and the tournament has become part of the regular calendar. We very much welcome the competitions that feature young people because this is both an introduction to their rich heritage and an excellent way to keep fit."

The OCS, with its commitment to "gathering the fragments", recently discovered photographs of the tournament which are believed to date from the 1930s. As well as the Truro event on September 15, Helston will be holding its annual Cornish wrestling tournament this Saturday in the town's Sunken Garden from 2pm, when the Cornish Middleweight Championship and Cornish Under 16 Championship, along with open and junior classes, will be contested.

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