The English cricket world was stupefied this morning when Billy The Trumpet Cooper, cheerleader to the Barmy Army, was banned from the Trent Bridge ground on the first morning of the Ashes Test. Something to do with local noise rules.
Billy is a popular figure at England matches. Less known is his other life as trumpet player with leading orchestras, including a stint with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and regular freelance work with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ulster Orchestra, English National Ballet, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and the Klangforum Wien.
The good news is that other Test grounds have announced that Bill will be welcome to blast on England to victory.