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Ted Lowe dies 1 May 2011

Post  malena stool on Sun 1 May - 18:09


Snooker commentator Ted dies at 90

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Ken Doherty, John Parrott and Steve Davis join in a minute's applause in memory of snooker commentator Ted Lowe at the Crucible, Sheffield

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Legendary snooker commentator Ted Lowe, known affectionately to generations of fans as "whispering Ted", has died aged 90.
Figures from the world of sport and broadcasting paid tribute to the veteran commentator who worked for the BBC for 50 years and became a key figure in the snooker boom years.

Lowe began commentating while seated in the audience and had to keep his voice low in order not to distract players. His distinctive hushed growl earned him the nickname of "whispering Ted".

He described many key moments in the sport, including Cliff Thorburn becoming the first man to record a World Championship 147 in 1983 and Dennis Taylor's victory over Steve Davis in the 1985 final, when 18.5 million viewers tuned in to watch.

He also devised the Pot Black series, which began in 1969 and played a major part in raising snooker's profile as it gained a large television following.

Lowe's death coincided with the start of the World Snooker Championship final at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, prompting a standing ovation led by some of the best-known figures in the sport.

Taylor said: "He had a lovely, lovely voice. To hear his voice and have him commentating on the 1985 final makes it special."

Lowe uttered as many immortal words as any of his peers. Some of his most famous lines were perhaps not his proudest moments.

"And for those of you who are watching in black and white, the pink is next to the green," he told one TV audience.

Another time, as player Fred Davis leaned over the table to strain for a difficult shot, Lowe said: "He is getting on a bit and having trouble getting his leg over."

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/uk/snooker-commentator-ted-dies-at-90-15149507.html#ixzz1L7b2aa86

Ted Lowe R.I.P.
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Re: Ted Lowe dies 1 May 2011

Post  wjk on Sun 1 May - 19:19

RIP Ted xx
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