POPULAR local cricket umpire and official Eric Smith has died.

Mr Smith's interest in cricket began as a Bradshaw supporter in the village where he lived, and in the early 1970s he was a member of the Bradshaw Cricket Club committee.

In 1982 he began umpiring and became the Bolton Cricket League umpires' fixture secretary in 1991, a post he held until 2014.

In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Hubert Pendlebury Trophy for outstanding services to the league, and became a league vice president.

He was a representative on the Lancashire Cricket Association, which became the Lancashire Cricket Board.

Mr Smith, who was in his late 70s and worked for a butcher until he retired, died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He leaves a widow Glenda, and sons Duncan and Adrian.