We send our birthday wishes to Ted Lowe, who is 87 today.

For those too young to remember him, or from outside the UK, Ted was a BBC snooker commentator for 50 years until his retirement in 1996.

He brought us Pot Black, which built snooker's popularity on TV and led to the creation of the professional circuit as we know it today.

Ted earned the nickname 'Whispering' because, in the 1950s, he would sit in the crowd to commentate and would obviously have to keep his voice down.

He still follows snooker and sent me a very nice letter this year after I wrote a piece about him in Snooker Scene.

We hope he's enjoying his birthday.

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