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Family joy at park honour

Enid Todd at the blue plaque unveiling ceremony for former England cricketer Harold Larwood (below).

Enid Todd at the blue plaque unveiling ceremony for former England cricketer Harold Larwood (below).

The family of an English sporting legend say they are “thrilled” a park is to be named in his honour.

As reported in The Gazette last Thursday, the Victory Road park and sports barn is set to be renamed in honour of former English cricketer Harold Larwood on Saturday, following a successful Gazette-backed campaign.

His daughter Enid Todd, who was educated in the town and now lives near Brisbane, Australia, said: “The family are very thrilled that the people of Blackpool voted to name the area after my father, especially as we only lived there for four years.

“It would have been nice for one of us to be there, but we are all getting on and have lots of family commitments.

“I do hope it will be a lovely day.”

Mr Larwood was one of the most well known cricketers of the 1920s and 1930s - equally celebrated, in England, and reviled, in Australia, for his fearsome fast bowling.

He achieved notoriety during the so-called Bodyline Ashes tour of Australia in the winter of 1932-33 when, acting under the orders of his upper class captain Douglas Jardine, the former Nottinghamshire miner bowled at the body of the opposition batsmen - causing an international stir at the time.

He later ran a sweet shop on Caunce Street, where the park now stands, and played for Blackpool Cricket Club before emigrating to Australia with his family.

Mrs Todd added: “We are hoping that some of the grandchildren and great grandchildren will be able to visit Larwood Park one day to honour their famous ancestor.

“The name Harold Larwood will always be remembered while the Ashes series are played.

“We are all very proud of him and are very pleased that he is being recognised in various ways.

“His only fault was that he was too fast and too accurate and followed his captain’s orders to the letter.”

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