Brian Glover taught at Longcar Central School through the 1960s and 70s, combining his teaching with a professional wrestling career as Leon Arras, the ‘Man from Paris’.
He starred across Europe and on ITV’s World of Sport under the nickname he apparently took from another wrestler who didn’t turn up.
Also a much-loved actor, Glover’s first film appearance, as PE teacher Mr Sugden in Ken Loach’s Kes, came through Hines’ recommendation of his friend and colleague.
When he died of a brain tumour aged 63, Glover left behind a legacy that included appearances in Porridge, Minder, and the 1992 film Alien Three.
The Glover Group are now hoping to honour his legacy with a blue plaque, whilst also getting in contact with his family.
Ronnie Steele, member of the group, said: “The group’s intention is to gain permission to place the plaque at the entrance to the Civic Theatre, Hanson Street, where Brian often performed as a professional wrestler in the 1960s.
“It’s hoped that the unveiling ceremony will take place sometime in August this year.
“We’re currently in negotiations with John Love and the Barnsley Civic Trust regarding their permission and advice.
“Most of those who’ve volunteered to be part of the steering group were taught by Brian at Longcar Central or Racecommon Road Secondary School and have enduring memories of his enthusiasm for his subject and for the respect he afforded his students.”
A fundraiser will be set up in due course so residents are able to support the cause.