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Snooker 'Whirlwind' Jimmy cues up opening of Stansted's refurbished club



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Snooker legend Jimmy 'The Whirlwind' White officially reopened Stansted Social Club's newly refurbished snooker rooms on Friday.

Members welcomed the famous Londoner known for his swift, attacking style of play to the Lower Street venue where he cued up against club player Martin Corbishley for the first frame.

He then signed photos and books and played nine frames with those lucky enough to have been picked in a draw - the former UK and Masters champion, known as one of the sport's all-time greats never to win the world title - won all nine!

Stansted Social Club, Lower Street, Stansted. Opening of refurbished snooker room by Jimmy White. .Jimmy White with l-r: David Rose, Martin Corbishley and Peter Barker . The trio did the refurbishment of the snooker room. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (52101477)
Stansted Social Club, Lower Street, Stansted. Opening of refurbished snooker room by Jimmy White. .Jimmy White with l-r: David Rose, Martin Corbishley and Peter Barker . The trio did the refurbishment of the snooker room. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (52101477)

Said club chairman Alan Snook: "The evening was a great success and Jimmy was very down to earth, a true gentleman, who wanted to help the club.

"It drew a lot of new membership as well with new people in the village that want to play snooker joining up, so it's been a win-win for us."

Alan said the snooker room on the first floor had not been redecorated in 20 years. The club spent several thousand pounds on new carpets and reconditioning the three snooker tables with new clothes and cushions.

Stansted Social Club, Lower Street, Stansted. Opening of refurbished snooker room by Jimmy White. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (52101476)
Stansted Social Club, Lower Street, Stansted. Opening of refurbished snooker room by Jimmy White. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (52101476)

The social club also has pool and darts teams, a bar and regular live music events and is attracting around 30 new members a month.

Stansted Social Club, Lower Street, Stansted. Opening of refurbished snooker room by Jimmy White. .Jimmy with Snooker team member Martin Corbishley who played the first frame with him. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (52101473)
Stansted Social Club, Lower Street, Stansted. Opening of refurbished snooker room by Jimmy White. .Jimmy with Snooker team member Martin Corbishley who played the first frame with him. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (52101473)
Stansted Social Club, Lower Street, Stansted. Opening of refurbished snooker room by Jimmy White. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (52101474)
Stansted Social Club, Lower Street, Stansted. Opening of refurbished snooker room by Jimmy White. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (52101474)
Stansted Social Club, Lower Street, Stansted. Opening of refurbished snooker room by Jimmy White. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (52101475)
Stansted Social Club, Lower Street, Stansted. Opening of refurbished snooker room by Jimmy White. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (52101475)


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