This morning we broke the story that Sutton Council had been forced to cancel the show at Wallington Hall due to a technicality – or “a small problem”, as they put it.
Gina Gillam, Sutton Theatres and Venues Manager, told TOWIS at the time: “We’re gutted we can’t host the Futuremania event in Wallington tonight as it looks like a great line up and a top night…we’re looking forward to hosting wrestling events here soon.”
The council worked with the guys at FPW to find a new venue at the very last minute, and the Canons Leisure Centre, Mitcham, just over the borough border in Merton, agreed to be the show’s new home.
Then at 5pm on Saturday afternoon, citing another licensing issue, the Leisure Centre too had to cancel the show.
Instead of cancelling altogether – and this is a show, remember, that’s raising money for Cancer Research UK – the FPW chaps took the very brave step to stage a guerrilla wrestling event right here in London.
The new venue stayed anonymous, with fans tipping each other off by phone (strictly no social media allowed) and meeting up to be driven to the top-secret location.
Sutton Council have been really supportive of FPW throughout this drama, and called the “technicality” both “sad and annoying”.
A source in Canons Leisure Centre explained to TOWIS that they had liaised with the local police as well as senior management and had it brought to their attention that the venue had not gone through the correct “box-ticking” exercise to host a wrestling show – although it is licensed to hold other sporting and artistic performances.
Merton Council have as yet been unavailable for official comment.
Keep an eye out here for more news soon.