legendary cricket umpire Dickie Bird has been appointed the new president of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
Dickie, who last year turned 80, takes over the role from Geoffrey Boycott. He says it is the greatest honour of his life:
Former Test umpire Dickie Bird is to be the new President of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
Dickie, who's now 80, played for Yorkshire and Leicestershire before becoming the best known umpire in the game.
He succeeds Geoff Boycott, who's been the county's President since 2012.
Dickie Bird says he is "thrilled and delighted" to see his statue back in Barnsley.
It had been removed to have a higher plinth built to discourage people hanging things off his outstretched arm.
Sculptor Graham Ibbeson says the statue was designed to be on a raised platform, but he doubts the six foot height boost will discourage any light hearted pranks.
A ' Higher Up Dickie' unveiling at midday today in Barnsley will feature songs and celebrations.
The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonigan will sing their tune ' Lift Dickie Up Where He Belongs'. Dickie is doing the honours himself.
The statue will be placed higher, as revellers used Dickie's outstretched umpire's finger to hang rude items.
The statue of cricket legend Dickie Bird will be unveiled today in Barnsley - for a second time.
But this time, the sculpture will be elevated to stop people hanging rude items on his outstretched finger.
Mr Bird, who has been spotted removing the items himself, said he was not offended by this.
It's the 80th birthday of cricket's most famous umpire Dickie Bird - aka Harold Dennis Bird.
Barnsley-born Dickie turns 80 today but he was at the University of Huddersfield yesterday for a lunch in his honour.
“On birthdays you usually want to forget your age but 80 is very special,” said Dickie.
Calendar went to his South Yorkshire home to wish him happy birthday - with a cake, of course.
In his 80 years Dickie has collected a lot of memorabilia. A replica statue as well as his MBE and OBE stand proudly in his living room. "I've been told, if anything happens to me, I should leave this house as it is, as a museum."
Asked if has any regrets, he said: "I've none, I've had a wonderful 50 odd years in cricket, and to say I worked at the pit top, right up to me signing for for Yorkshire at 19, I've had a wonderful life.
He added: "I'd like to thank Calendar for all their support over the years."
Celebrities including cricket legend Dickie Bird, TV football pundit Chris Kamara and double Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft have given their support to the Yorkshire marathon
Cricket umpire and Yorkshireman Dickie Bird will declare show homes at a £45m housing development in Filey officially open today. Dickie will sign a cricket bat at Mills Meadows which will be auctioned in aid of his charitable foundation, helping young people participate in sport.