During the unmitigated disaster that was the recent Ashes Test tour ‘Down Under’ – at least from an English perspective – a plus point was ‘Blowers’.
He it was who noticed the seagulls on the pitch – “rather pompous seagulls” – in what was probably a good-natured attempt to divert attention from England’s poor showing at the wicket.
Henry Blofeld, as many know him, is one of the most familiar and distinctive voices of Test Match Special.
He and Peter Baxter, who produced the show for BBC Radio for 34 years, are embarking on a tale-telling tour of the country which brings them to The Maltings Arts Centre, Berwick, on May 22.
It may be a good thing that a certain amount of dust will have settled on England’s Australian misadventure by then. Not that Blowers isn’t adept at batting away an awkward question or two.
Henry joined Test Match Special in 1972, 10 years after he started writing about cricket for The Times. Peter, who retired in 2007, also worked on the show with John Arlott, Brian Johnston and current main man Jonathan Agnew.
Tickets for the pair’s Berwick innings, which promises to be great fun, can be bought from the box office: 01289 330999 or www.maltingsberwick.co.uk