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Former Prime Minister The Rt Hon Sir John Major, KG, CH, will show his support for ABF - The Soldiers’ Charity and Help for Heroes by captaining a team of celebrities in a British Armed Forces Charity Cricket match at Wormsley.
Sir John, a lifelong cricket fan, will be joined by former Defence Secretary The Rt Hon Lord King of Bridgewater CH, who will captain the opposition for the Twenty20 match at the Stokenchurch venue in Buckinghamshire, with musical entertainment from the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards Corps of Drums.
All proceeds from the day go towards ABF - The Soldiers’ Charity, which provides financial and practical support to soldiers, former soldiers, and their families in times of need, and Help for Heroes, the charity for the wounded in Britain's current conflicts.
Said Sir John: “The Army Benevolent Fund and Help for Heroes work tirelessly in support of the Armed Forces and their families, particularly during times of conflict.
“Wormsley Cricket Ground - built some 20 years ago by the late Sir Paul Getty, with whom I shared a passion for the game - must surely be one of the most beautiful grounds in the world. To spend a summer’s afternoon watching cricket being played at Wormsley is, for me, one of life’s greatest pleasures.
“To be doing so in support of these two wonderful charities - who do so much for those to whom we owe so much - makes the day even more worthwhile. It will be a truly memorable event, and one to which I am much looking forward.”
Many famous faces from the world of sport, entertainment and politics will take to the field, while others join guests in the marquee on the day.
As well as the cricket, musical entertainment from the prestigious 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards Corps of Drums will light up the day. Widely recognised as the best Corps of Drums in the British Army and having recently returned from active duty in Afghanistan, the Corps will be performing in preparation for their much-anticipated appearance at the Edinburgh Tattoo.
Created by Sir John Paul Getty on the family’s estate close to High Wycombe and just a minute from Junction 5 of the M40, Wormsley is frequently described as the most beautiful cricket ground in England.
Former Warwickshire, Derbyshire and England fast bowler Tim Munton, who looks after cricket at Wormsley, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sir John and Lord King to Wormsley for what’s bound to be a terrific day’s entertainment, as well as supporting two fantastic charities. It promises to be a superb opportunity to enjoy full hospitality or a champagne picnic with family and friends.”
The fixture is one of four major matches being held at Wormsley this summer. The PCA Masters play the International Masters on Tuesday July 20, a Lord’s Taverners Celebrity Match takes place on Sunday August 15 and on Sunday August 22, The Unicorns face Surrey Lions in a Clydesdale Bank 40 League game.
Tickets are available for all the games, so book your place for a great day out at the most beautiful cricket ground in England at www.wormsleycricket.co.uk