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Harry Carpenter OBE (1926-2010)


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#1 James

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 05:21 PM

Extract from The Dulwich Society obituary:

Harry recalled that the first time he ever attended boxing was as a youngster at the old Crystal Palace in the Thirties just before it was burned down. His father, also called Harry, was vice-president of a South London amateur boxing club and also a follower of “the dogs”, so Harry junior, who left Selhurst Grammar School at 15, had his very first job with the Greyhound Express, ironically when no racing was taking place because of the war. In 1941 he joined the Royal Navy and served as a telegrapher in destroyers for the rest of the hostilities.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 06:22 PM

Great link James

Never knew he hailed from around here.

He was one of those blokes that epitomised the sport he was commentating on.

John Arlott. Cricket
Dan Maskell. Tennis
Coleman. Athletics

All had very evocative voices which made the viewing/listening experience more enjoyable. Who can forget when Harry lost it when Bruno got a good shot at Tyson. Completely forgetting the protocol of non bias.

Certainly greats like him put the crap punditry and commentary of this world cup into perspective

RIP

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 08:07 AM

Great link James

Never knew he hailed from around here.

He was one of those blokes that epitomised the sport he was commentating on.

John Arlott. Cricket
Dan Maskell. Tennis
Coleman. Athletics

All had very evocative voices which made the viewing/listening experience more enjoyable. Who can forget when Harry lost it when Bruno got a good shot at Tyson. Completely forgetting the protocol of non bias.

Certainly greats like him put the crap punditry and commentary of this world cup into perspective

RIP



Over the last three years I had the pleasure of serving Harry and his wife a number of times when they visited their local Sainsbury's.

Harry was of the same generation as Emlyn Jones the first Director of the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and knew him well.

Emlyn and his wife Inez was also a great friends of the Maskells. He shared a love of tennis with Dan, having in his younger days represented Wales at tennis.

Another shared interest was ski-ing. Emlyn was the ITV Ski-ing commentator. He and Ken Walton had tossed for which of them got the ski-ing and which of them got wrestling ITV commentary job.

Dan's wife Connie was one of a group of half a dozen ski instructors on the CPNSC artificial ski slope back in the 1970s when I was responsible for administering the ski slope. During the winter months on the slope she always carried a small hip flask containing what one would hope to find in a small barrel around the neck of a St Bernard mountain rescue dog.