Fire puts stop to Peacehaven wrestling match

Erin Angel
Erin Angel

A wrestling match was called off half an hour into the performance when a fire broke out at the Co-op in Peacehaven.

Firefighters from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to the supermarket in the Meridian Centre on Saturday October 19.

However Peacehaven Town Council said it was hoping to stage the match again, which was to raise money for local charities.

The town council posted on Facebook: “Due to circumstances beyond Peacehaven Town Council’s control we took advice from the fire authority and the Co-op security management and cancelled tonight’s wrestling event, as the centre was deemed unsafe due to a small fire in the Co-op.

“We were told that there was every possibility that another fire could be sparked by the fault.

“I am waiting for the wrestling promoter to contact me to advise me of when his wrestlers are free and then we will check against available dates for the venue in order to reschedule.

“Unfortunately, this may not be until early next year.

“Many thanks to those who attended and supported the event.

“Please keep your tickets. These will be exchanged for a new ticket for the next show. Please also keep your raffle tickets safe.”

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said a fire was found in the main electrical intake at the supermarket in Meridian Way.

Crews from Newhaven were sent to the blaze at 8.23pm to reports of a fire alarm sounding at the store.

The fire alarms went off half an hour into the performance and the audience and wrestlers had to leave the building.

The town council said it was hoping to give further information about staging the event again later this week.

The wrestling show was to raise money for Peacehaven’s mayor’s charity appeal and was set to feature a special ladies’ match between two of the ring’s top international stars.

Erin Angel, a former Young Wrestler of the Year, who is known as wrestling’s “Little Miss Dynamite, “ and Ireland’s Rhia O’Reilly were set to clash in one of matches.

The star-studded line-up for the show, presented by UK matchmakers Premier Promotions, whose debut show at the Meridian Centre earlier this year drew a sell-out crowd, was also feature one of the biggest men in British wrestling.

James Kenna, who stands 6ft 8ins in his wrestling boots, was due to go against Southern Area heavyweight champion Kris Kay.

For more information call the town council on 01273 575125.