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Surprise birthday gift for Bunbury legend





Game of Thrones star David Bradley, Hillers carpenter Ian Heslop and Bunbury Midlands representative Harry Dyke with the special cricket bat throne, given to David English for his 72nd birthday. Photo: Mark Williamson
Game of Thrones star David Bradley, Hillers carpenter Ian Heslop and Bunbury Midlands representative Harry Dyke with the special cricket bat throne, given to David English for his 72nd birthday. Photo: Mark Williamson

A LEGENDARY cricketing figure, whose charity work has earned more than £17 million, has been given a 72nd birthday present to remember.

David English is the founder of the highly successful Bunbury ESCA Under 15 Cricket Festival, an event which has seen more than 700 players go on to play county cricket and more than 70 to play for England.

A former cricketer and once manager of the Bee Gees and Eric Clapton, English was the lucky recipient of a ‘throne’ made out of cricket bats.

The birthday idea originated from Harry Dyke, the Midlands’ representative of the Bunbury Cricket charity. With the support of cricket bat makers Gunn and Moore, Dyke asked his friend Ian Heslop, a carpenter at Alcester farm shop Hillers, to design and make the cricket-themed chair.

“I wanted to get something unique, that had a connection to David’s life-long love of cricket,” said Dyke.

“It’s certainly a unique piece of furniture and I’d like to thank Ian Heslop, Gunn and Moore and David Bradley for their support.”

This year’s festival, which has been renamed to the Dr David English Bunbury Festival, will take place at Millfield School in Somerset from 5th-10th August.



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