A true British sporting legend came to Lincoln Snooker Club for an exhibition over the weekend, coaching youngsters and taking on some of the locals.
Jimmy White, 59, is one of the most iconic snooker players this country has ever seen, reaching as high as number two in the world in his prime and earning almost £5 million from his career, winning two of snooker’s three major championships.
Nicknamed ‘The Whirlwind’, Jimmy’s infectious personality won the hearts of snooker fans and the general public alike, so much so that he came in 3rd place in the 2009 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.
He came to Lincoln Snooker Club on Friday, August 6 for the club’s snooker academy, which invited people of all abilities to try out the sport and get some top tips from one of the best to ever play the game.
Jimmy went on to sign the table, as well as pose for pictures and take on a few punters in exhibition frames, putting on a dazzling show as all would expect.
Owner of the club, Phillip Cross, told The Lincolnite: “The Jimmy night was a huge success, Jimmy visited the club early to see us coaching and then spent time talking to the youngsters and giving them help and tips, he then signed items and we had photos with them all.
“The show then started later in the evening after Jimmy had taken time to speak to members and pose for photos. Jimmy played 10 local players and the snooker was superb, breaks of 129, 102 and some class exhibition shots to please the crowd being the highlight.”
Jimmy White was full of praise for the club, saying: “It is nice to see a club that is there and cares about its members, and the future of the game by coaching youngsters and people of all ages at its coaching academy. Snooker needs club like yours.”
If you wish to become a member at Lincoln Snooker Club or take part in the coaching clubs, contact them either by telephone on 01522 527427 or via email at [email protected].