TV show will re­mem­ber ‘na­tional hero’ George

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports -

THE son of for­mer Dundee world cham­pion wrestler George Kidd has re­vealed he did not want his fa­ther to go through with his fi­nal bout at the Caird Hall in 1976.

In the next episode of STV se­ries The Peo­ple’s His­tory Show, which airs tonight at 8pm, George Kidd Jnr re­veals he was con­cerned two of his fa­ther’s ribs had been bro­ken in his pre­vi­ous fight and he didn’t want him to get hurt again.

How­ever, the leg­endary grap­pler in­sisted on tak­ing to the ring be­cause he “had his fans and he felt in­debted to them for sup­port­ing him for all those years”.

Born in Dundee’s Hill Street in 1925, George rose to be­come light­weight wrestling world cham­pion, a ti­tle he held for 26 years af­ter de­fend­ing it 49 times.

Since his death in Jan­uary 1998 aged 92, the for­mer Cleping­ton Road Pri­mary pupil has been hon­oured with a plaque mark­ing his in­duc­tion to the Scot­tish Wrestling Hall of Fame. The me­mo­rial adorns a wall of the Caird Hall, a venue where George also had his first paid bout, and where he made his name as one of the big­gest Bri­tish stars in the busi­ness in a ca­reer which spanned more than 30 years.

The show looks back at the Dundee great and fea­tures in­ter­views with for­mer wrestler Len Iron­side and ICW star Chris Ren­frew, as well as George’s son.

Len Iron­side said: “George Kidd, for those who don’t know him, is per­haps the most re­spected wrestler to ever come from, not only Scot­land, but Bri­tain.

“He was a world phe­nom­e­non that uni­fied all of the world light­weight ti­tles and made him a leg­end. He was a proud Dun­do­nian. He be­came a na­tional hero.”

Glas­gow Cale­do­nia Univer­sity sports his­to­rian Dr Fiona Skillen said: “George was only 5ft 6in, so quite a small guy and only weighed about 10 stone.

“Gen­er­ally wrestlers are big and bulky. So he was us­ing dif­fer­ent tech­niques to be suc­cess­ful. That’s what should be cel­e­brated, the fact he went against popular ex­pec­ta­tion.”

Wrestler George Kidd.

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