Theresa May pays tribute to Test Match Special as cricket show celebrates 60th birthday

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Cricket-loving Theresa May has paid tribute to the BBC’s legendary Test Match Special show as it celebrates its 60th birthday.

The Prime Minister purrs of her passion for the programme in a message she recorded to mark its anniversary.

Recalling her childhood summers of tuning into commentary, she tells the Our TMS documentary: “Hello, I’m Theresa, and I’ve been listening to Test Match Special since the days of John Arlott and E W Swanton.

“There was no better sound of the summer than the hiss of TMS on long wave.

“The agony of England’s middling fortunes … and the immortal lines of Brian Johnston.”

The Tory leader makes a special mention of Henry “Blower” Blofeld, the plummy-voiced commentator who puts down his microphone this summer after 45 years and who greets everyone with the words “my dear old thing”.

Mrs May is set to appear on TMS this summer
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“Can I just say, Blowers, my dear old thing, we wish you all the best in your well-earned retirement,” says the PM.

“Your innings may be over, but TMS is 60 not out and we all look forward to seeing it reach its century.”

She recorded her message with a No 10 official and sent it to BBC Radio 5 live producer Tim Peach, who has made the special anniversary programme.

He said “Our TMS features memories from all over the world of people recalling their very best TMS moments, and what the programme has meant to them.

“It is wonderful to be adding Theresa May’s voice into an already very rich mix of stories.”

The Mirror exclusively revealed this month how Mrs May was set to appear on TMS this summer.

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Producers from the radio programme have held talks with No 10 about the PM appearing during England’s summer Test series against South Africa.

She has regularly spoken both privately and publicly of her love for the sport.

She and husband Philip regularly watched Surrey at The Oval when she was a councillor in Wimbledon in the 1980s.

Mrs May, speaking of her love of the sport, previously revealed her admiration for stubborn opening batsman Geoffrey Boycott’s no-nonsense style.

Gushing about the Yorkshireman, she declared: “I have been a Geoff Boycott fan all my life.

“It was just that he kind of solidly got on with what he was doing.”

She even had a poster of the stubborn opening batsman on her bedroom wall as a child.

  • Our TMS is aired on BBC Radio 5 Live at 7.30pm on Tuesday.

From The Mirror