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Buster Hayes
George Andrew Hayes hit Britain in March, 1937. He arrived ,in Liverpool from Nova Scotia, accompanied by his friend Carl Van Wurden. He was 29 years old and wrestled in Britain for just over a year, using the names Buster and Butcher Hayes. He departed from Southampton on 16th  April, 1938, destined for New York. Ron Historyo has discovered that Buster and Carl Van Wurden were regular opponents, working together in Blackpool, Exeter, Newcastle, and no doubt many other places.

Chunky Hayes
One of wrestling’s characters who didn’t make it to the big time but played an important role in the wrestling scene.  

Born in Wombwell, a mining town near Barnsley Chunky had a background training boxers before turning to wrestling. 

As a promoter he used the biggest names on the independent circuit, including Dwight J Ingleburgh and Karl Von Kramer.  Chunky was a driving force behind women’s wrestling in the 1960s, Naughty Nancy Barton and Lolita Loren amongst his proteges. He is fondly spoken of by those who remember him.  Wherever those that knew him gather together  the stories about Chunky begin to flow, often about the rickety bus in which he transported his workers,  the wig he wore in the ring, or the instruction to wrestlers staying at his home to not leave their bedroom because  he let the alsations loose at night for security, and a good few stories we wouldn’t dare to repeat.

Tony  Hayhurst

A young farmer from Milnthorpe in Westmorland who found success in the Cumberland and Westmorland style, in which he was champion. Not surprising really as he was from the family of legendary Cumberland and Westmorland wrestler Gilpin Bland. Tony took up Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling in 1949, and won the Under 18 Championship at Armathwaite in 1953, and the 14st title at Dalston in 1957. He followed in the footsteps of his father, Edgar, who was a Cumberland and Westmorland champion for many years. Tony's C&W success was followed by a short lived professional career that began in January 1962 and was cut short by injury a few months later. The Hayhurst family is still actively involved in Cumberland and Westmorland style wrestling.


Tony Hayhurst died in 2018.