HENRY Blofeld, the velvet voice of British summer and BBC radio’s Test Match Special, has just announced his retirement from the commentary box.

For more than 45 years, cricket’s best loved commentator has been a feature of the radio airwaves since he first started in 1972.

But on September 7, he will commentate for the last time at England’s clash with the West Indies.

However, cricket fans need not despair because Blowers, as “the dear old thing” is affectionately known, will be at the Regent in Christchurch soon afterwards on Wednesday, October 4 at 7.30pm.

He will be joining up with former English cricket star Graeme Swann for the show entitled Graeme Swann’s Great British Spin Off with Henry Blofeld – The Second Over.

Following on from their hit 2016 tour, the two cricket legends are now back by popular demand with a barrage of new stories from on and off the field.

Who better to discuss the trials and tribulations of Swanny’s illustrious career than the man who commentated on it every step of the way?

And who better for Henry to pass on his pearls of wisdom to after 47 years in the TMS commentary box?

Theatre goers are told to “expect the sprinkler, expect red trousers, expect a review of the summer’s cricket, and expect to be laughing.

“One for all sports lovers alike.”

Call the box office for tickets.