In Memoriam: Sir Peter O’Sullevan

“It is not what you say but how you express it.”

Those were the immortal words and wisdom Sir Peter O’Sullevan, the iconic British racing Jounalist and commentator shared with me as a 15 year old standing on the roof of a windswept Cheltenham Racecourse grandstand in December 1982.

His passing today reminds me of his generosity and civility in sharing his insights about the career of legendary jockey, Lester Piggott over a period of six months for a school History “O-Level” project. An iconic figure in British broadcasting giving his “free” time to a passionate student of the sport.

We departed that freezing cold day with his closing line, “it gives me such pleasure to help a young chap.”

Your voice may have dimmed today Sir Peter but your wisdom is forever with us.

Copyright James Berkeley 2015. All Rights Reserved.

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