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Memorial service for campaigner
Memorial service for Lord Sheppard
Lord Sheppard was a well known figure in the city
Around 3,000 people have attended a memorial service for the former Bishop of Liverpool, Lord Sheppard.

The former cricket captain who turned into a campaigning bishop, died at home in March from bowel cancer.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and film-maker Lord Puttnam were among those who attended the two-hour service at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.

Lord Sheppard, who died a day before his 76th birthday, was Bishop of Liverpool between 1975 and 1997.

He became well known for his campaigning against injustice and inner city poverty, and helped to steer Liverpool through some of its most depressed years.

He also strongly opposed apartheid, an issue over which he challenged the cricketing authorities in 1969.

A message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu was read out at the service, praising Lord Sheppard for his "commitment to justice for the downtrodden, the poor and the marginalised".

The Labour peer's Ordination Bible and his cricket bat were placed at the altar "as symbols of the facets of his life and ministry" during the event.

His wife Lady Sheppard said: "We are grateful for this opportunity to give public thanks for David's life and work.

"We welcome everyone to join us at this special time and share the love, hope and inspiration that we have found so helpful."

Cricket captain

The son of a solicitor, Lord Sheppard attended Sherborne School in Dorset, but spent much of his childhood in Sussex, where he first took up his county bat at the age of 18.

Lord David Sheppard
Lord Sheppard was Bishop of Liverpool for 22 years

He played for Sussex County Cricket Club throughout his cricket career and went on to score 45 first-class centuries.

At the age of 46, he became the youngest ever diocesan bishop when he moved to Liverpool.

He also twice captained England at cricket and was the only ordained priest to play for his country.

He received a life peerage in 1998, and in recent years was Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Chester.




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SEE ALSO:
Obituary: Lord Sheppard
06 Mar 05 |  UK
Ex-bishop battles cancer
02 Dec 03 |  Merseyside
Sheppard accepts Hove post
12 Apr 01 |  Cricket


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