Wednesday 30 June 2010 

England Celebrates Lord's Taverners Diamond Jubilee

The Lord’s Taverners will celebrate its Diamond Jubilee Anniversary at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the home of Cricket, during the England v Australia ODI on Saturday 3rd July.

England captain and opening batsman, Andrew Strauss, will set the example and show his support for the charity by using its famous red, green and blue maypole bat grip, with a host of England and Australia players also expected to give the charity their backing by using the grips.

Founded in 1950 in the Tavern Pub at Lord’s Cricket Ground, The Lord’s Taverners is the official charity for recreational cricket and the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity with a goal of donating nearly £3 million this year alone to help give young disadvantaged and disabled people a sporting chance.

The day at Lord’s will see a number of activities going on to celebrate The Lord’s Taverners anniversary, while current President of The Lord’s Taverners Chris Tarrant will be there to enjoy the celebrations along with Sir Tim Rice, Stephen Fry, Amanda Platell and Iain Duncan-Smith to commemorate the past 60 years with The Lord’s Taverners and look forward to a thriving future. A mass of celebrities from the world of sport and entertainment support The Lord’s Taverners, including past Presidents Sir David Frost, Ronnie Corbett and Mike Gatting who will all help mark the year as Diamond Jubilee Patrons.

In addition to being recreational cricket’s official charity, The Lord’s Taverners has put over 900 specially adapted minibuses on the road since 1975 to give young people with physical disabilities the opportunity to enjoy previously inaccessible activities. The charity is also one of the UK’s biggest providers of sports wheelchairs, helping youngsters to both participate in and enjoy sport.

KEY DIAMOND JUBILEE EVENTS INCLUDE –

Garden Party at Westminster Abbey: Thursday 8 July
Hit for 60, ‘the longest cricket match’: Saturday 17 – Monday 19 July
Match at Lord’s – exclusive to The Lord’s Taverners: Thursday 22 July
Founders Day at Lord’s: Saturday 7 August