Reginald Thompson, vicar and wrestler (1963)

The Rev. Reginald Thompson was 59 years old when he was filmed by British Pathé for this newsreel, in 1963. Apparently, Mr. Thompson learned his wrestling while working as a farmhand in Canada, before returning to the open prairies of southern Lincolnshire. It’s a lovely period piece, with everybody hamming it up for the camera – not least the narrator. Perhaps wrestling was always as much performance art as sport.

Does anyone in Moulton Chapel – or elsewhere – remember Mr. Thompson?  Please share any memories below.

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Wrestling Parson 2

 

Thanks to Rebecca Lee for showing me this film. Rebecca is a musician and sound artist who is working on another Transported commission, ‘Outside Broadcast’, which you can read about here.

 

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