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Eastbourne Ashridge Circle|Founded 1947

Lecture Date: September 18, 2023

REMINISCENCES FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

Speaker: HENRY BLOFELD, OBE

An entertaining retrospective romp through the high-profile life of one of Britain’s best loved cricket commentators and raconteurs.

Cricketer, Test Match Special commentator, broadcaster, speaker, writer and – perhaps most famously of all – raconteur extraordinaire, Henry Blofeld is quite a legend.

His talk will focus mainly on anecdotes from cricket and commentating but will doubtless stray into his exploits away from cricket, such as driving from London to Bombay in 1976 in a 1921 Rolls-Royce and appearing in the TV show “The Real Marigold Hotel.”

A highly promising young cricketer who scored a century at Lord’s at the age of 16, he had the misfortune to suffer a serious road accident the following year which put an end to his aspirations to join the top flight of the game, though he continued to perform to a high standard as a player.

In due course, he turned his hand to cricket journalism, writing for several national newspapers and covering a number of England Test tours overseas. Broadcasting came a little later and when he joined an array of famous commentators on TMS – people like John Arlott and Brian Johnston – in 1972 he found his true métier.

More recently Henry has performed in one and two-man shows in theatres all over the UK, often under the idiosyncratic title “My Dear Old Things.” He has also written twenty books about cricket and the adventures the game has led him into, all testament to an exceptionally varied, exciting and entertaining life.