London: Former umpiring legend Dickie Bird turned out in different colours in his hometown of Barnsley, by guiding a group of tourists for sightseeing.
The sporting 78-year-old was driving past when he spotted the visitors looking at his life-size bronze statue in the town. But after posing for photographs, he then turned into a tour guide to show them the sights, a daily reports.
Bird, who umpired 66 test matches and three World Cup finals before retiring in 1996, said he was ‘so proud’ of his home town that he wanted to make sure the visitors saw it properly.
“I couldn`t resist. They recognized me straight away and they went berserk. They went mad,” Bird was quoted, as saying by the paper.
“I didn`t know until I stopped that the bus load of cricket fans were from Liverpool. From what I could gather they had only stopped off in Barnsley to look at the statue,” he added.
Dickie, famous for wearing a white flat cap when umpiring, was known for making bold decisions on the field.
“I am so proud of my town that I couldn`t let them go without seeing more, so I took them on a guided tour,” Bird said.
A former industrial town, Barnsley is famous for its coal-mining heritage, museums and rich historic roots.