Former West Indies all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers opened Shebbear College’s new pavilion.

One of the all-time great cricketers was in North Devon on Friday.

Sir Garfield, or Garry, Sobers visited Shebbear College to open a new cricket pavilion.

Sobers, who is widely considered as one of the best all-rounders to have played, cut the ribbon to open the building before taking time to talk with students and parents about his career.

Shebbear headmaster Simon Weale said: “We are thrilled that Sir Garry took time out of his busy schedule to visit us, not least because our netball and cricket teams are touring Barbados next year.

“As a school we promote the benefits of team sports, so to have such a sporting icon coming here can only serve to inspire our pupils.”

Sobers played 93 tests for the West Indies, averaging nearly 58 runs per innings.