St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Personalities St George's Park - Charles Fortune
Charles Fortune

Age 46. Born in England. Played cricket for the Wanderers Club (London) and Merton (Surrey), but at University concentrated on rugby.

Took his degree in Natural Science and to-day, as Housemaster at St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown, teaches Physics.

His first broadcast, in 1939, was a Currie Cup rugby match, and his fluent style and ability to paint a graphic word-picture of events soon led Charles and his mike into a variety of sporting channels.

Rugby, association football, tennis, swimming and cricket all come alike to this able and likeable personality, who has covered most of the sporting broadcasts from the Eastern Province and Border areas since the war.

In his opinion cricket is the most exacting of sporting broadcasts, calling as it does for the maximum amount of preparation.

Tennis and football provide a non-stop source of material, whereas the cricket commentator is compelled to build up his own story and introduce the bulk of the material that goes into the commentary.

Foremost amongst his store of memories was his never to be forgotten broadcast from East London of the first defeat in South Africa of the 1949 " All Blacks."

For sheer excitement, Border's unexpected victory proved to be the perfect answer to every commentator's dream.

Purely from the enjoyment angle, however, he looks upon the final afternoon of the Fifth Test at the Oval as being his most pleasant memory.

Charles is no stranger to the administrative side of sport.

Before coming out to this country he served as a selector for Surrey County, and this season filled a similar post for Eastern Province.

His selection as Manager of the Eastern Province team in Natal was a most popular choice and may easily presage more important events in the future.

Be that as it may, it is as " The Voice " that Charles Fortune has left an indelible impression, and one can visualise nothing more enjoyable and thrilling than a typical 7.30 a.m. broadcast, bringing us, many thousands of miles away, his vivid impressions of the scene on the famous " Hill " at Sydney, or of the electric atmosphere in the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

South African Cricket Annual 1951 - 1952

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