Once again, Knighton Community Centre is the venue for an impressive show and once again the small audience attracted leaves a question mark over any similar events in future.
Last weekend's Electro Swing night attracted enthusiastic fans of the music style from as far afield as Staffordshire and Machynlleth, yet only a handful of Knightonians were up for something new - and it was a great night. Yesterday's pro-wrestling show was another good night's entertainment brought into the area at some expense to the promoter. Again the small audience of locals had a great time. Again the promoter and the centre lost money and will think twice about bringing in similar shows.
Will promoters continue to risk money bringing shows to Knighton - and will the community centre management continue to keep the venue's doors open with desperately little income during the expensive winter months? On both counts, Knighton people need to realise what's at stake.
Sometimes, running the Community Centre, you feel everyone wants it to be there when they want to use it but no one expects to do anything to keep it open. And then things happen that make you feel good about the whole enterprise.
Recently volunteer-extraordinaire Scott Hill offered to paint a nice new sign on the front of the centre. He needed paint of course - and then local supplier of all things eco and stylish for the home, Precious Earth, offered to help out on that score. He also needed scaffold - and local craftsman Paul Milward came to the rescue. And above you see the progress on Scott's creation as of this morning. He would have done more by now but people keep stopping work to express their amazement to him.
Then today the centre's wonderful supporters in the Knighton Fairtrade Group presented us with a cheque for £100 raised at their tea tent at Knighton Carnival. Support like this is vital when a small group of volunteers is faced with keeping open a huge facility like our Community Centre and so we say thank you to Knighton Fairtrade Group, to Scott - and to all those who help out in many practical ways.
After a more than twenty year break, professional wrestling makes a welcome return to Knighton Community Centre on Saturday October 19th. Promoter Rainbow Entertainments promises a great night out for all the family in the company of the likes of Mad Dog Max from Walsall, Magico and The Masked Destroyer, as well as the cream of Welsh Pro Wrestling talent, such as Kade Callous, Mean Tommy Dean and Stevie Starr from South Wales. The evening culminates with a Super Heavyweight Triple Tag Match involving six wrestlers in the ring together, the winners being the last team standing!
Doors open at 6.45pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. The bar will be open throughout and hot sausages in rolls will be available at the start of the evening.
Tickets are available now from Knighton Hotel and the Tower House Gallery, Knighton, priced at £10 for adults and £8 for children. Telephone 01686 640557 for more information. The promoters and the Community Centre management are hoping for a great turn-out and that this event may mark the return of top-class wrestling to Knighton after a long absence.