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Tiny Greenhill

(Also known as The Great Crescendo)

Some wrestlers were big.

A few were absolutely huge.

Tiny Greenhill fell into the latter category.  The man was enormous; it was claimed he  weighed over twenty-four  stones and posters proclaimed he was seven feet tall. Promoters are prone to exaggeration but the daughter of fellow wrestler and good friend, Midge Cowan, told us that she thought this was about right and Tiny's daughter, Becky, told us he was indeed over seven feet tall.

Fellow wrestler Eddie Rose confirmed it too. Eddie remembered working with Tiny on the independent shows of the late 1960s.

Tiny was Barry William Greenhill, born in Chelmsford on 1st May, 1944,  and he was nicknamed Tiny by his friends. On the wrestling posters he was either Tiny Greenhill or the Great Crescendo.

Tiny Greenhill was a man we had sought for many years before enquiries were made to us by a friend of his daughter. There must be something in the genes because we were told that she was 6 feet 4 inches tall.

Tiny had made an impression on us many years earlier. This was when we had seen him in a 1960s BBC documentary about fairground wrestling booths. Sadly we have uncovered little of his wrestling career. Wrestler Midge Cowan encouraged Tiny to turn professional wrestling and  the two of them worked on Micky Kiely's fairground wrestling booth. Tiny turned professional in 1967 and worked for independent promoters in the north and midlands.

In the early 1970s Tiny lived in Horsfield, Bristol, later moving to  Wooton-Under-Edge in Gloucestershire, to Sussex before finally settling in Brixham. Brixham was well suited for Barry to pursue one of his hobbies, which was painting. Another interest was motor rallying (he was a trained mechanic) and he regularly officiated as a marshall at race events around the country.

Prior to wrestling we found that in 1962 he signed up for the army, the 11th Regiment Royal Corps of Signals at Catterick. The Army had to have special clothes and shoes (size 14) made for him.  In later life he moved to Brixham in Devon where he worked as a mechanic.

Barry Greenhill died in Brixham from heart failure in 1997, aged 52.
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