In my time at Trent Bridge, I've had many strange letters and requests forwarded my way but none so stranger than a letter I received this morning. It read as follows (you tell me it's not a wind-up):
I am writing on behalf of the band I manage - Velvet Sky - to ask if you might be keen to assist with the front cover art for the band's first album, due for release in August of this year.
Velvet Sky are a Nottingham band comprised of four local boys who have recently signed to Heavenly Records with myself (also a local boy!) remaining as their manager.
The album is to be called Neural Pathways and deals with such themes as the necessary death of celebrity culture. We would like to shoot the album cover at Trent Bridge as it is a place of some significance for the lads.
For the shoot we would require the use of one full length wicket section as the concept is to have a still photo of an over in progress on the cover.
Four celebrities have already committed to the shoot. The photo would position Jodie Marsh at wicket-keeper, Abi Titmuss at first slip and Sonia form Eastenders at silly mid-off. Padded up and in bat would be Paul Danan.
The concept would dress all four in the clothes of people with real life, worthwhile jobs. Therefore Jodie Marsh would be a legal secretary, Abi Titmuss will be a firewoman, Sonia a QC. Paul Danan will be a brain surgeon.
We would be looking to shoot in March and would hope to time the weather so the cover could be shot under a doom laden sky. I look forward to your response and hope the proposal is agreeable.
Yours most sincerely
Now, I must admit, it took me a few minutes to wipe away the tears from my eyes as I read this. It's a cracking piece of comedy letter-writing. If it's a set-up, then I'm very tempted to play along.... if it's genuine, I will do everything in my power to make sure it happens!