Famous cricketer’s family back park campaign

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The daughter of a famous cricketer has backed calls to have a Blackpool park named in his honour.

Enid Todd’s father Harold Larwood ran a sweet shop on Caunce Street, central Blackpool, between 1946 and 1950.

However in the 1920s and 1930s he had been one of the most celebrated cricketers of the age – representing England 21 times.

Now two former Caunce Street residents, Roy Freeman and John Bradshaw, are campaigning to have the Victory Road park and Sports Barn, where his former shop stood, renamed in his honour.

At present the only permanent memorial to Larwood is a blue plaque at Blackpool Cricket Club’s Stanley Park ground, where he was the club professional in the 1939 season.

Speaking from her home near Brisbane, Australia, where the Larwood family emigrated after leaving the resort, Mrs Todd told The Gazette: “I think the idea of naming the park after him is wonderful and I would give my full support to it.

“I am always ready to support anything which will perpetuate his memory.

“I unveiled the plaque at the cricket club but of course that’s probably not seen by many people. The park sounds a wonderful idea.”

Enid and her four sisters – June, Mary, Frieda and Sylvia – moved to Australia with their parents in 1950, but she fondly remembers her time in Blackpool.

She said: “Mum and dad were so busy we were left on our own quite a lot, although we did help in the shop.

“I don’t think it was too good for our teeth!”