BRADFORD billiards master Richard Lodge has died aged 75.

The England international won a record 12 Bradford titles and represented his country at full and senior level, having represented his county on many occasions.

Lodge, who was also an accomplished classical pianist and organist, started playing billiards as a youngster in the Bradford Sunday School League but within a few years was one of the leading players in his city.

A Bradfordian through and through, his success was based on a very good all-round hazard style.

He represented Bradford many times and was a loyal and supportive team member.

Lodge won the Yorkshire Amateur Championship three times and the EABA Grand Masters once.

Lodge, who passed away peacefully in Cottingley Hall Care Home, outlived his wife Janice and leaves a son Andrew and daughter Caroline, a sister Christine, and nephew James and niece Hannah.

He was also a grandfather to Will, Millie, Gracie and Ruby.

Lodge’s funeral will be at Nab Wood Crematorium on Thursday, January 6 (10:50am), followed by a celebration of his life at Oakwood Hall, Bingley.

A collection box will be present for donations, which will be shared between Yorkshire Cancer Research and the Salvation Army.