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Exhibition celebrates life of cricket umpire Dickie Bird

Items on show at 'Dickie Bird: My Life in Cricket' exhibition Image copyright John Tanner
Image caption The exhibition features a collection of Dickie Bird's personal memorabilia from his life in cricket

An exhibition charting the life of Harold "Dickie" Bird from miner's son to world famous cricket umpire is set to open in his home town of Barnsley.

The show will feature personal memorabilia and a short film the 83-year-old's life.

He told the BBC: "I'm chuffed, especially to have it in my home town. It will be marvellous. I'm very proud."

One of the most recognisable figures in cricket for decades, he umpired 66 Test matches between 1973 and 1996.

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Image caption Among the items on display is Dickie Bird's umpire bag
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Image caption As a young man Bird played for the same cricket club as Geoff Boycott and Michael Parkinson

Among the items on show are Bird's umpire bag, his OBE and MBE and a ball from the 1973 England and West Indies test match at Edgbaston.

Councillor Roy Miller, from Barnsley Council, said: "When thinking about cricket you inevitably think about one of the sport's best loved characters, 'Dickie Bird'.

"Dickie has not only achieved great things in his career he has also been a great supporter of the town.

"For this reason there is no better place to host this fascinating exhibition."

The free exhibition runs at Experience Barnsley from 18 February to 14 May.

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Image caption Bird played 94 times for Leicestershire and Yorkshire between 1956 and 1964
Image copyright John Tanner
Image caption The exhibition runs at Experience Barnsley from 18 February to 14 May

Harold 'Dickie' Bird:

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  • Born in 1933 in Barnsley
  • Played for Yorkshire and Leicestershire between 1956 and 1964, scoring 3,314 runs in 94 matches
  • Made his debut as a Test umpire in July 1973, overseeing England v New Zealand at Headingley
  • Retired from umpiring in 1996 after officiating 66 Test matches
  • Received MBE in 1986 and awarded OBE for services to the sport and to charity in 2011
  • Appointed president of Yorkshire County Cricket Club 2014-2015

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Image caption He received an MBE in 1986 and was awarded an OBE in 2011

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