I have enclosed photographs of Bert Assirati`s winning wrestling cups which I have been restoring, which have been loaned to me by Bert`s half sister`s daughter Mrs Anita Cooper, so I may use them to gain further information about his long wrestling career. Sadly when Marjorie died they were located, they were in a dreaded state, dented, silver plate all worn off, handles missing, wooden plinths cracked etc...
The widest cup (the challenge trophy) was won in Antwerp Belgium in 1947 when Bert defeated Alex Cadier former Olympic gold medalist in the final. Tallest cup was won in Paris in 1948 when Bert defeated Ivar Martinsen for the European championship. The cup with the two wrestlers on top was won by Bert in Madras India in 1954 after a six week tournament defeating Tiger Joginder Singh in the final. The smaller cup was won in Ghent Belgium in 1955 after a six week tournament when Bert defeated Stan Karoly in the final .
There is a fifth cup which was won in Bombay India in 1953 and was presented to him by His Highness Sir Hain Singh Maharajah of Kashmir & Jamu after winning the heavyweight tournament which is being re-polished at the time of writing.
These show the great legacy which was left behind by England`s greatest ever wrestler.
Would be nice to display them at the Reunion .......... time permitting.............these cups have been hidden away for fat too long, how sad.......
The ashes of both Bert Assirati and Marjorie Assirati were scattered in the gardens at 'The Bridges' at the request of the Family as Bert wanted to rest near the Fraternity of wrestlers forever.