WIVELISCOMBE stalwart Sid Woodbury died suddenly on Boxing Day, aged 88.

Mr Woodbury lived all his life in the town and was involved with local sport for many years.

He played full-back for the local rugby team until his early 40s, was chairman for more than 50 years and fixtures secretary for more than 30 years.

He turned out for Wiveliscombe Cricket Club as an opening batsman and opening bowler into his 50s.

After he left school Mr Woodbury worked at Langdons egg packing factory.

He took part in the Normandy Landings in the Second World War and later carried the Royal British Legion standard at Remembrance Day parades in Wiveliscombe.

He also boxed, and played rugby and cricket for the Guards Armoured Division in Germany after the war.

When he was demobbed he spent the rest of his working life as a driver with Somerset County Council.

Mr Woodbury, who lived in Plain Pond, was chairman of Wiveliscombe Recreation Ground Management Committee and a sidesman at St Andrew’s Parish Church, where he was also on the Parochial Church Council.

He had been in failing health for a couple of years, though he was delighted when his hearing was restored following a cochlear implant in September.

Mr Woodbury’s funeral took place yesterday (Wednesday) at Taunton Deane Crematorium.

He is survived by Jean, his wife of 59 years.