Chris Tarrant was yesterday unveiled as the 36th President of The Lord’s Taverners, the leading youth sports charity and the official charity of recreational cricket which is dedicated to giving young people, particularly those with social, environmental, physical or learning disadvantages, a sporting chance.
The 62 year-old cricket enthusiast will follow in the illustrious footsteps of royalty, Oscar-winners and broadcasting legends, with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl of Wessex, Sir John Mills and Eric Morecambe all having held the position of President since the charity’s foundation in 1950.
Tarrant took over the ‘bails from outgoing President Bill Tidy MBE at The Lord’s Taverners AGM and Pre-season lunch at Lord’s yesterday where a number of special presentations were made. These included the presentation of one of the iconic Lord’s Taverners specially adapted green mini-buses to the Montacute School from Poole, as well a cheque for £200,000 which was presented by David Collier on behalf of the ECB.
A thrilled Tarrant said: “I am very honoured to have been asked to become the new President of such a prestigious charity which achieves so much in helping disadvantaged children. Bill has done a fantastic job over the past couple of years and I am extremely excited at becoming an integral part of this great organisation and helping to improve the lives of thousands of youngsters and families across the country.”
Matthew Patten, Chief Executive of The Lord’s Taverners, said: “We are delighted that Chris will be our new President. Chris has been a great supporter for over 30 years, giving up countless days of his time to help put a smile on children’s faces, and he will be a wonderful President.”