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Stratford snooker club hosts former world champ as it reopens after flood damage

FORMER World Snooker Champion Shaun Murphy will be playing an exhibition match in Stratford on Good Friday (29th March) as the town’s snooker club celebrates its return from a flooding disaster.

Based at Stratford Sports Club at Swans Nest Lane, the snooker room was left in dire need of repair and refurbishment after being hit by flood water in January.

While the tables were still in perfect order, the carpets, walls and lighting needed lots of attention which has now been completed.

To mark the reopening, there will be a rare chance to see a professional snooker player up-close.

Murphy, known as the Magician, will be Stratford Sports Club for an exhibition match. It starts at 6.30pm and will help raise funds for the club.

Snooker player Andrew Norman is the coach at Stratford Sports Club. Photo: Mark Williamson
Snooker player Andrew Norman is the coach at Stratford Sports Club. Photo: Mark Williamson

Some tickets, which cost £20, are still available, while during the day people can pop into the club to have a look at the updated facilities, which the club coach described as being of a national standard.

Andrew Norman, who is a former professional snooker player, told the Herald: “We’ve now got a five-star snooker room. It was 20 years old before so the floods forced our hand to not only refurbish but also invest in the room.”

Contractors supported by club members have overhauled the room, which is open to members as well as paying guests.

“For me as a coach it’s fantastic,” added Andrew. “It means we can have more dynamic ways of using the room, not only involving amateurs but also at a national level.”

To book tickets, visit https://tinyurl.com/25rh9w4m.

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