Allan Best, R.I.P.
We are very sad to report than Allan Best, one of our most highly respected and knowledgeable members, died on Monday 28th July. Those who have been part of Heritage for some time will remember Allan for his informed contributions to the forum and articles written in celebration of wrestling's past masters. Behind the scenes Allan generously provided background information for the site as well as many individual members. Allan had been absent from the site for some time due to his illness. His health deteriorated over the past week and he died quietly in a lovely nursing home following visits from his family.
Allan started wrestling in 1947 when stationed in Berlin near the Olympic Stadium. A resident coach at the Stadium was a former Olympic wrestler and Allan asked him to teach him to wrestle. Allan continued wrestling at a local club on his return to Britain, becoming a trustee of the club which annually organised a physical excellence show featuring many of the country's top body builders, including Mr Universe Reg Park and Olympina weightlifter Jim Halliday.
It was the start of a lifelong love that continued until the present day, with Allan not only supporting sites such as Wrestling Heritage but serving as the official historian for the British Wrestling Association. This involved editing the Association's magazine and providing information for family members requesting information about former wrestlers. Allan was able to provide this valuable service due to his interest in both the amateur and professional codes. Allan was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the British Wrestling Association.
He will be greatly missed by all those involved in celebrating the heritage of both amateur and professional wrestling. We send condolences to Allan's wife and family members.
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Let us be the first to wish you Happy Christmas!
Well there's less than six months to go now. The beginning of December will see the return of the Christmas Songbook, with all the old favourites and some new additions. Well, that's if all our talented members, get thinking and join in the fun. There's a few months to go, but we invite new contributions any time up to Christmas, preferably before December 1st.
Meanwhile, you can continue to enjoy the talented members in
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