Cliff Morgan (right) with former World of Sport presenter Dickie Davies pictured in 2011 on a visit to Shanklin C of E Primary School. Picture by Robin Crossley.
WELSH rugby great and Isle of Wight resident, Cliff Morgan, has died after a long illness, aged 83.
Mr Morgan, who retired to the Island around ten years ago, was one of the most talented fly-halves in the game, before becoming a respected commentator, writer and head of BBC outside broadcasts.
He won 29 caps for Wales, his first in 1951, captained the British and Irish Lions and also played for Cardiff.
Friend and Riverside Centre manager, Richard Priest, paid tribute to a "fantastic sportsman and community man."
He said: "He did a lot of things for a lot of Island groups, including the Riverside Centre.
"He attended many presentations and would just turn up to watch local rugby. I remember him turning up for a junior five-a-side competition wearing his Lions shirt — he was a real inspiration."
Mr Morgan and his wife, Pat, moved to Bembridge from London around ten years ago. Shortly afterwards, Mr Morgan was diagnosed with cancer of the vocal chords.
In an interview last year with Peter White, editor of Island Life magazine, he said: "I have been lucky all my life. We love Bembridge, and we love the whole Island.
"The one thing we noticed when we came here was how friendly everyone is."