CRICKETING legend and broadcaster Henry Blofeld OBE has sent Whitehaven a video message after he had to cancel his talk at Rosehill Theatre due to Covid concerns.

Blowers - whose family name is said to have inspired Bond author Ian Fleming's famous villain - was set to speak at the Moresby theatre on Saturday, November 6.

A theatre spokesperson said: "A number of factors have affected some of Henry Blofeld's tour schedule - including ongoing concerns around coronavirus - and a decision has been made to move his Rosehill date to spring 2022.

"We are all disappointed, as is Henry himself, and we're sure you will be too.

"So, as a special treat, Blowers has recorded a personal message to his West Cumbrian fans."

The spokesperson went on: "We're pleased to report that Henry's team have already suggested a tentative new date of Saturday, April 2 2022 at 7.30pm.

"All existing tickets and seat allocations will automatically transfer to this date.

"If you wish to book tickets, or know someone who now wants to attend due to the change of date, you can book through our website or by calling our box office on 01946 692422.

"We apologise for any inconvenience that this postponement may have caused. We hope to see you at Rosehill in April 2022, if not before."