Mourners farewell to East Lancashire cricket legend Keith Barker
MOURNERS packed a church to pay their respects to cricket legend Keith Barker – with tributes being paid by ex-players from as far away as his native Barbados.
The funeral service, held at All Saints Church, Clayton-le Moors, heard tributes from the cricket world, including one from ex-West Indies and Lancashire captain Clive Lloyd.
Keith’s wife Val was joined at the service by his children Andrew, Amanda, Gary, Dean, and Keith. A wreath in the shape of a cricket bat adorned his coffin and another mourner carried one which said “Dad”.
Charles Law, who played cricket with Keith in Barbados and had just flown in from island, read the eulogy. Keith was born in Barbados in 1936, an exciting time for a birth of talent in the Carribean. The Barbados team at the time included cricketing greats such as Sir Gary Sobers and Frank Worrell…
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