In preparation for the fourth Ashes Test at the Riverside Stadium in Durham, Phil Tufnell and the One Show team visited Durham County Council to enjoy a game of cricket with the staff.
The road safety team was invited to take part in what turned out to be a very enjoyable morning of sport and fun. The event was held indoors, in the Durham Room at County Hall, and uniformed staff and other officers were invited to take part or spectate as Phil, a former England international cricketer, turned his hand to umpiring and then bowling.
Alan Kennedy, road safety manager, opened the batting alongside Tony Flory, driver training services officer, and scored a less-than-impressive two runs before being caught by a highways inspector fielding in the slips. Brian Colledge, school crossing patrol for Sherburn village, played a blinder as wicket keeper.
There was no real link to road safety, but having the opportunity to meet Phil and the One Show gave the team a big boost.
Alan Kennedy said: "This was an unexpected visit from the One Show. Phil Tufnell was very warm towards everyone, and his sense of fun is just great. We all had a great morning. We are already hosting the Lindisfarne Gospels, and it is great to also have the Ashes series taking place in Durham.
"Now that England have retained the Ashes we wish them success in securing the series win."