Raconteur Blofeld bowls into town

Henry Blofeld

Henry Blofeld

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IRREPRESSIBLE and nothing short of a national institution, Henry Blofeld, aka Blowers, breezes into Lytham next Friday.

Blofeld’s idiosyncratic form of commentary is unique and his many fans will get the chance to meet the man behind the microphone - now 72 - at the Lowther Pavilion.

Son of Edwardian parents who were landowners in Norfolk - described as “a mad mother and father” - Blofeld pokes gentle fun at his silver spoon upbringing.

His raconteur skills go on to recount tales about the likes of James Bond creator, friend and fellow Old Etonian Ian Fleming, hence the name of the show Shaken Not Stirred.

Anecdotes regarding Sir Noel Coward, Sir Alec Guinness and Clive Dunn get a mention, along with side-splitting tales about a pantheon of Test Match Special greats including the incomparable John Arlott and Brian Johnston.

A lover of life, Blofeld is still going strong in the commentary box, having joined Radio 4’s TMS in 1973 - and all told he is approaching his half-century in terms of years spent writing and broadcasting on cricket.

On what the audience should expect, the endearing conversationalist, says: “It’s a show in two acts and it’s about my life and all the things that have happened - the people I’ve met, situations I’ve been in and a bit about my background and my mad mother and father! “