Dickie out of pocket so statue’s fit for a Prince

Cricket umpire Dickie Bird of Staincross, Barnsley who is to be presented with the OBE ' See Story Tom Richmond  Picture by Chris Lawton'30 Dec 2011
Cricket umpire Dickie Bird of Staincross, Barnsley who is to be presented with the OBE ' See Story Tom Richmond Picture by Chris Lawton'30 Dec 2011

OWZAT?

Well, it was not quite right actually.

And that’s why cricket legend Dickie Bird has stumped up the cash to upgrade his statue - in time for today’s royal visit.

Former Test umpire Dickie - already an MBE - was made an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

He paid £510 from his own pocket to update the inscription on his bronze statue, unveiled in 2009 in Barnsley.

Prince Charles is visiting the town today and will meet Dickie at his statue. Dickie, aged 78, said: “I didn’t want him to see the statue without the proper inscription. I found a stonemason from Huddersfield to do it and he has made a grand job.

“It cost me £510 which is a bit steep but the statue had to be right as this will be an important day for Barnsley.

“I’m thrilled and humbled Prince Charles is coming to see my statue and it’s also great for the town.

“I’ve met the Prince on several occasions but I’m still very excited at the prospect of meeting him again.

“I’ve had my best suit cleaned and my shirt is ironed and my shoes are polished for what is a very special occasion.”