Wrestling For Britain

The poet George Szirtes arrived in England as a boy, fleeing the aftermath of the Hungarian uprising of 1956.

Within a day of arriving at a barracks, he and his family met another refugee, the wrestler Tibor Szakacs.

In the years that followed, their lives were briefly intertwined and as Tibor resumed his wrestling career and became part of the British wrestling scene, George grew up and came to understand much about England through the staged fights, wild costumes, comically strong men and theatrical violence.

He tells Tibor?s story and his own, with the help of ringside recordings from a recent all-star fight at Hanley and archive interviews with some of the legends of the past.

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The poet George Szirtes arrived in England as a boy, fleeing the aftermath of the Hungarian uprising of 1956. Within a day of arriving at a barracks, he and his family met another refugee, the wrestler Tibor Szakacs.

In the years that followed, their lives were briefly intertwined and as Tibor resumed his wrestling career and became part of the British wrestling scene, George grew up and came to understand much about England through the staged fights, wild costumes, comically strong men and theatrical violence. He tells Tibor?s story and his own, with the help of ringside recordings from a recent all-star fight at Hanley and archive interviews with some of the legends of the past.

20050330

The poet George Szirtes arrived in England as a boy, fleeing the aftermath of the Hungarian uprising of 1956.

Within a day of arriving at a barracks, he and his family met another refugee, the wrestler Tibor Szakacs.

In the years that followed, their lives were briefly intertwined and as Tibor resumed his wrestling career and became part of the British wrestling scene, George grew up and came to understand much about England through the staged fights, wild costumes, comically strong men and theatrical violence.

He tells Tibor?s story and his own, with the help of ringside recordings from a recent all-star fight at Hanley and archive interviews with some of the legends of the past.

20050330

The poet George Szirtes arrived in England as a boy, fleeing the aftermath of the Hungarian uprising of 1956.

Within a day of arriving at a barracks, he and his family met another refugee, the wrestler Tibor Szakacs.

In the years that followed, their lives were briefly intertwined and as Tibor resumed his wrestling career and became part of the British wrestling scene, George grew up and came to understand much about England through the staged fights, wild costumes, comically strong men and theatrical violence.

He tells Tibor?s story and his own, with the help of ringside recordings from a recent all-star fight at Hanley and archive interviews with some of the legends of the past.