Warren Cowley, Dickie Bird and Dave Callaghan

Warren Cowley, Dickie Bird and Dave Callaghan

Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird, legendary international cricket umpire, poses with a copy of They Gave the Crowd Plenty Fun

Dickie Bird was interviewed for the revised and updated edition of They Gave the Crowd Plenty Fun. Dickie shared some of his stories for the book, which included memorable tales about umpiring England v West Indies matches during the 1970s. Dickie umpired 66 test matches, 92 one day internationals and three world cup finals.

Dickie is pictured with Warren Cowley from the Dickie Bird Foundation (left) and Dave Callaghan (right), the BBC voice of Yorkshire cricket on radio. The photo was taken at a recent event at Yorkshire Cricket Club, Headingley, Leeds, to launch Steve Patterson’s Benefit Season. Steve has played for Yorkshire since 2002.

Colin Babb outside Battersea library

Colin Babb outside Battersea library

Thanks to everyone who supported our Wandsworth libraries diversity month event at Battersea library on Saturday 29 October 2016

Colin’s talk was enjoyed by an appreciative audience who got involved in the question and answer session and bought copies of They Gave the Crowd Plenty Fun.

Thanks again to Chris, Alfred, Theresa and everyone at Battersea library for helping to organise this event.

Thanks, also, to Michael for taking photographs at the event and giving Colin a lift home!

Battersea library talk photo gallery. 

Happy reader at Richmond library!

Happy reader with a book at Richmond library!

Colin gave a talk and signed books for an enthusiastic audience at Richmond library on 20 October 2016

The feedback we got from the audience was very positive including:

“Very interesting, lively speaker”.

“Excellent, I enjoyed Colin’s presentation and enthusiasm”.

“Loved it! Colin loves his subject and his enthusiasm came across”.

Many thanks to Cheney, Gavin, and everyone at Richmond library for helping to organise this event.

Richmond library talk photo gallery.


Colin was a guest with Professor Clem Seecharan at a Guyana cricket evening at the Guyana High Commission on 15 July 2016

Mihir Bose and Colin Babb

Mihir Bose and Colin Babb

The Chairman was Mihir Bose, former BBC sports editor, columnist for the Evening Standard, and author of The Spirit of the Game, A History of Indian Cricket.

A packed audience at the High Commission in London spent well over seventy five minutes in an active question and answer session with Professor Clem Seecharan and Colin Babb.

The event was brilliantly organised by John Mair and Orin Alexander.

Guyana cricket evening photo gallery.

John Mair’s article/letter about the event for the Stabroek News.


Colin Babb shared a bookstall with his friend and author, Finn Fitzpatrick, at the annual Ritherdon Road Street Fair in Balham, South London on 22 May 2016

Richard Field, Mayor of Wandsworth, with Colin Babb

Richard Field, Mayor of Wandsworth, with Colin Babb

An estimated crowd of over 4,000 people enjoyed the sounds from the music stage and visited over 50 stalls which included food, ice – cream, cakes, wine, jewellery, pet treats, fashion, toys, gift cards and, of course, books.

One of the highlights of the day featured the meeting of Colin Babb with Councillor Richard Field, the Mayor of Wandsworth!

The Mayor took time out to visit our stall and support They Gave the Crowd Plenty Fun.

Many thanks again to Gill Skrzypczak, who helped to organise the event, looked after us and the other stall holders, and made us feel at home in London, SW12.

Ms Skrzypczak also helped to raise over £300 for Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action through a raffle.