Sir Michael Parkinson to become next Lord’s Taverners President
Sir Michael Parkinson has been confirmed as the next President of the Lord’s Taverners, coming in to bat after Chris Cowdrey at the start of the 2015 season following the former England captain’s successful three-year tenure.
The announcement sees the Lord’s Taverners return to our entertainment roots 65 years after actor Sir John Mills became the charity’s first President in 1950. Sir Michael joins a stellar list of sporting and entertainment personalities in the Lord’s Taverners presidential seat, including fellow broadcast legends Sir Terry Wogan and the late Sir David Frost.
On his upcoming role, Sir Michael Parkinson said: “It’s reassuring in my 80th year that there are people who still back me to be able to stand up and make a toast without spilling my drink. I go way back into prehistory with the Taverners to the days when I still dreamed of playing for Yorkshire. In cricketing terms to become President of the Lord’s Taverners is the next best thing.”
Current President Chris Cowdrey commented: “Parky, sorry Sir Michael, is the one really great broadcaster that’s been missing in the long line of wonderful characters who have been President of the Lord’s Taverners. The charity is lucky to have Sir Michael as he is the perfect fit with his entertainment background and love of cricket. I dare say that county champions Yorkshire will get a mention when he takes over from me!”