Tributes to Shep . . . local bloke, world-class umpire

ShepThe most heartfelt come from North Devon, which the Bideford-born cricketer and umpire regarded as home all his life.Even at the height of his fame, Shepherd would return to Instow, delivering papers for his brother Bill, who ran the village post office, and watching cricket at Sandhills.

North Devon Cricket Club chairman Colin Payne said: “One sight everybody knew was Shep and his dog Skipper walking round the ground — which they must have done thousands of times. “Down at the ground, among friends, he would walk around and watch the game, sit and chat with us all. Read more