Cricket world gathers for Shep's memorial service
FORMER England cricketers Mike Gatting and Jack Russell were among 600 people who gathered to remember David Shepherd in Bristol today.
Shep's love for North Devon and his talent as a county cricketer with Gloucestershire and international umpire were remembered at the Holy Trinity Church in Westbury-on-Trym.
Many of Shep's county team-mates were joined by Gloucestershire's current squad.
Former colleagues on the first class umpires list were also there and senior figures from the game's administrative body including England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke and David Morgan of the International Cricket Council.
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Russell Hillier, a fellow student at St Luke's College, Exeter, recalled Shep's prowess on the cricket field and dance floor.
Gloucestershire cricketer and fellow Devonian Jack Davey remembered a very special friend who was like a brother.
John Light, the Gloucestershire chairman, described the way Shep led his life as an example to everyone.
The service closed with prayers led by Revd Geoff Calway, the vicar of Instow and Westleigh.
Shep died last month aged 68 after a long battle with cancer.