Test Match Special memories at Alban Arena

Blofeld and Baxter: Memories of Test Match Special

Blofeld and Baxter: Memories of Test Match Special - Credit: Archant

Don’t get caught out and miss cricket titans Blofeld and Baxter when they bring their side-splitting show of memories from the Test Match Special commentary boxes to the Arena next week.

The fun spills out from the globe’s most famous grounds to taxis, buses, beaches, deserts and hotels. Unheard anecdotes about some of the most legendary players, in every sense of the word, from the last 40 years are finally aired.

A sporting institution, Peter Baxter was the organising brain behind BBC Radio’s Test Match Special for 34 years and Henry “My Dear Old Thing” Blofeld, OBE, is one of Britain’s most loved broadcasters. He has commentated on the show since 1972. See them on Thursday, October 3, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £18.50.

Thirty five years ago, Lee Thompson introduced an entire generation to ska music when Madness exploded from nowhere. Now Lee takes on the lead vocals in a hand picked line-up that also features fellow Madness original Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford on bass. Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra will be at the Arena on October 4 at 7.30pm providing bags of upbeat new takes on vintage tunes, bringing ska classics back to the forefront of popular music. Tickets are £22.50.

Folk-inspired, multi award-winning singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman is playing on October 5 at 7.30pm, joined by his hugely talented band plus special guest Lisbee Stainton and supported by Winter Mountain.

Seth has released six albums including 2005’s Mercury-nominated Kitty Jay through to his latest album, Tales from the Barrel House, which confirms Seth’s innate knack for writing both foot-stomping, sing-along songs and more tender, thoughtful ballads.

His fiddle and tenor guitar playing is often breath-taking and Seth’s trademark, soaring vocals are at the forefront of the album, as beguiling and haunting as ever. Seth and the band will be playing tracks from all his previous studio albums plus a few brand new songs from his forthcoming new album Word Of Mouth, which is due for release in the New Year. Tickets are £19.50 advance and £22 on the door.

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Finally, the ever popular Miami Pro UK Championships comes to the Arena on Sunday, October 6, from 2-9pm.

Come and rub shoulders with fitness stars and top fitness models and see who will be crowned the next UK champions. There will also be fitness stands so you will be able to buy your favourite supplements and clothing.

Standard tickets are £15 in advance, £16.50 on the door, and elite VIP seating in the first three rows is £35.

For tickets to any of these events, call the box office on 01727 844488 or book online at www.alban-arena.co.uk