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Bid to wrestle up cash to help home

Wrestlers James Mason, Gangrel and Thunder
Wrestlers James Mason, Gangrel and Thunder

A lifelong wrestling fan who suffered a stroke is hoping the latest All Star event at the Kings Hall will raise money for the home where he now lives. Adrian Patching’s life was turned upside down in 2011 when he suffered the stroke at home. The 57-yearold former labourer has since moved to Strode Park in Herne, where he is unable to speak more than a simple yes or no and requires a specially adapted-wheelchair. He is regularly visited by his mum Dot and lifelong friend Dennis Moore. His lifelong love has been British wrestling shows. He started attending when he was a teenager and got involved with All Star Wrestling to help put on shows. Wrestling promoter Steve Barker, who has known Adrian for 35 years, said:

“He would help out by putting the ring up, flyposting in towns and selling programmes. It was always his hobby. He worked for Ashford heavyweight Danny Lynch in the south east before going to All Star Wrestling, who ran shows locally. He travelled the length and breadth of the UK during the summer months and was part of various teams to entertain the crowds.”

Adrian Patching, 57, suffered a stroke in 2011
Adrian Patching, 57, suffered a stroke in 2011

Now Mr Patching’s wrestling hero David Heath, who performed as WWE star Vampire Gangrel, has come to help raise funds with a big raffle at the Kings Hall event. The Herne Bay show, on Sunday, February 15, will also feature former Superslam chainpion James Mason, Canadian hardman TJ Stomper and Merseyside Mouth Ringo Ryan. Mr Barker added:

“It is promised to bring the thrills and spills of the American shows on Sky TV to town. The action packed afternoon will feature solo and tag matches plus a main event Rumble. This is where all the wrestlers from the afternoons bill pile into the ring with the only way out being over the top rope, its every man for himself as the last man standing will be the winner!”

Tickets costs £15 for adults and £10 for children and pensioners, while a family-of-four ticket is £45. To book call the box office on 01227 374188.

Herne Bay Gazette, February 5th 2015

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