Daughter’s pride as town honours Ashes legend

Harold Larwood in his MCC Touring blazer and cap back from 1932/33 Series
Harold Larwood in his MCC Touring blazer and cap back from 1932/33 Series
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The family of a famous cricketer set to have a Blackpool park renamed in his memory today said they are “thrilled” about the honour.

Residents in North Shore and central Blackpool voted overwhelmingly in favour of a plan to rename the Victory Road park and sports barn after ex-England legend Harold Larwood,

And today his daughter Enid Todd told The Gazette of her delight at the decision.

Speaking from her home near Brisbane, Australia, Mrs Todd said: “We are all very thrilled to hear that the name of our father and grandfather will live forever in Blackpool.

“My father, although very modest, would have felt honoured to have had the park named after him, especially as he had only been in Blackpool for four years.”

Larwood ran a sweet shop on Caunce Street for four years following his retirement from the sport, before emigrating with his family to Australia in 1950.

Author Duncan Hamilton, who wrote an award-winning biography of Larwood, said: “It’s wonderful news and absolutely the right decision.

“Things like this do matter and it keeps his link with Blackpool to people who are not necessarily cricket fans.”

Alan Odell runs tours at Trent Bridge cricket ground, in Nottingham, where Larwood plied his trade and England recorded a famous victory over Australia on Sunday.

He said: “I’m more than pleased and more than happy to have any reference to Harold Larwood displayed outside Nottingham.”

Larwood, who died aged 90 in July 1995, in Australia, was a professional cricketer for Nottinghamshire and England between 1924 and 1938 and became famous for his bowling style on the infamous Bodyline tour.