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David Gower signs cricket bat for prize draw at WLT fundraiser in Norwich

26 August, 2014 - 14:21 -- World Land Trust
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August 2014: Former England cricket captain David Gower will be signing a cricket bat worth more than £150 for a lucky prize winner at a fundraising event in aid of World Land Trust (WLT) in Norwich on Wednesday 3 September. The prize, a Gray Nicolls Maverick F1 5 Star Senior Cricket Bat, has been generously donated by Barrington Sports.

David Gower & Friends, taking place at Blackfriars Hall, is one in a series of events hosted by WLT’s patrons and high profile supporters in 2014 to celebrate the Trust’s 25th Anniversary.

During the event David will reflect on a lifetime love of sport and wildlife. He will be joined on stage by sports writer and nature journalist Simon Barnes and the inimitable Bill Oddie, both of them WLT Council Members.

Other prizes in the draw include a copy of a book by Simon Barnes personally signed for the winner, a hamper of Bill Oddie’s bird food donated by Haith’s bird food specialists, a bottle of champagne and other prizes.

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The performance will be followed by a reception, during which guests will be able to meet and mingle with David, Simon and Bill. Tickets to the reception are now sold out, but there are still seats available for the main event. Naked Wines, a WLT corporate supporter based in Norwich, has kindly donated champagne for the reception.

World Land Trust’s first Patron

David was one of the most capped and highest scoring cricket players for England during the 1980s. Humorous and charismatic, he is a master raconteur and, since ending his playing days, he has become a media star through his work for the BBC and Sky Sports.

David became World Land Trust’s first patron in 1996. He said: “I’m very proud to be a patron of World Land Trust. Its method is very, very simple: you buy land, you protect species. Protecting that land gives the wildlife that lives on it a chance to survive and thrive.”

Until he was six, David Gower’s family lived in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) and his childhood experiences shaped his lifelong interest in conservation: “Growing up in Africa gave me an early appreciation and love for the natural world, a passion that I’ve been able to indulge ever since in my travels both as an international cricketer and now as a broadcaster. And what I’ve seen is this: the natural world is increasingly being squeezed into corners and at worst is disappearing altogether.”

David Gower & Friends is at Blackfriars Hall, Norwich, on 3 September 2014 at 7pm.

More information

Barrington Sports: Established over 30 years ago, Barrington Sports is an independent, family owned sports retailer passionate about sport, and even more passionate about customer service. Barrington Sports aims to offer the UK’s leading retail experience for sports men, women and sporting families of all abilities; ranging from those already at the top of their game to those just starting out in the wonderful world of sport.

Naked Wines is a customer-funded wine business. Naked Wines’ customers, called Angels, fund talented, independent winemakers and get rewarded with delicious wines at wholesale prices in return.

Tickets to David Gower & Friends: £25
Tickets can be booked online, by telephone (01986) 874422 or by email

Full press release and notes for editors:PDF

Contact for more information and to arrange a press interview:
Jo Leverett, WLT Events Manager
T: (01986) 874422 E:

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