KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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In an exclusive interview with Lord's TV, PA announcer Johnny Dennis discusses working at the Home of Cricket its challenges and how he "fell" into the job in the 1970s.
"The minute I walk into this ground I feel at home," Dennis tells Lord's TV while admitting he still gets the jitters, even now, ahead of a big Test match at Lord's.
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For preparation however, he makes sure he does his homework on the touring sides every summer.
When they arrive he goes to their first game, spending a few days with the team getting to know the players - often sitting on the balcony with them.
It was a fluke, like a lot of things life
"I think it should be done. It's courtesy to get the player right and the pronunciation right," he says.
Dennis, an actor by trade and 'cricket mad', admits he fell into the job by chance ahead of his first Test match was at the Oval in 1976 during the England v West Indies series.
A chance meeting with Test Match Special commentator Brian Johnston, while Dennis was playing for the Lord's Taverners, sealed his fate.
Johnston recommended Dennis to Alan Curtis, who was the full-time PA announcer of the day and, like Dennis, an actor.
Curtis had been called off to work on a Carry On film and needed someone to step in at the last minute.
"It was a fluke, like a lot of things life," Dennis said.
"I had never done PA before. I made a pretty foul-up job of it!"
During the 1970s and 80s Curtis would often need some time off to pursue his film and acting career at which point Dennis would step in.
It was a role he warmed to appreciably and the first Test of the summer between England and New Zealand at Lord's will be his 136th Test match
He as also worked at over 250 ODIs, as well as on countless matches for Middlesex CCC.
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