Five years ago, David Mantle, living in Manchester searched the internet for the name Gerry Hoggarth, with whom he had spent some time in hospital.
He learned that Gerry (who I am given to believe is quite a gregarious individual) hailed from Whittington. Following an Internet search David came across our website and sent an email.
As always, in such matters, I winged the email on its way to the eternal font of local wisdom, Gerald Hodgson.
In June 2012, as a result of David’s email Gerald penned 340 words plus spaces (Gerald is never mean with his prose) following a visit he made to Gerry and his wife Vera.
David has contacted us again advising that Gerry is now in St. Wilfred’s retirement home in Halton, Vera being in a similar establishment in Slyne.
Have communicated this information to Gerald I learned from him that Gordon Woodward is also housed at St. Wilfred’s.
Gerry was hailed as the Iron Man of the Lakes and you can still read Gerald’s original June 2012 article at this link.
The Internet is a wonderful source of things to look at when there is little on the TV. The result of which is that I have dug up the following photo of the said Champion Wrestler at Blackpool Pontins, in 1962. There where obviously some perks to be a World Famous Wrestler.