Roy hopes to pocket award

POOL league stalwart Roy Stead was today hailed “a true hero” after decades of tireless work for the cause he loves.

The 50-year-old has been involved in the Hartlepool Pool League for 30 years and as secretary for the last 20.

It’s no small task either as the hugely popular league has 500 pool players competing in a season which runs from February to December each year.

He’s the man who organises the presentation night and numerous other aspects of running the league.

But today he is the one in the spotlight after being nominated for a Pride of Hartlepool award.

He was described as “tirelessly striving to give all teams and players in the league the best he can. A true hero!”

But Roy is a reluctant hero and said: “I don’t do it for the recognition. I do it because i enjoy it. I do it because of the interaction with the people and the players.”

Roy started out as a league committee member before progressing to competition secretary, assistant secretary and secretary.

He said: “I used to play myself but I enjoy meeting people and going to the games.”

Roy becomes the latest in a massive number of nominations for this year’s awards and there’s still time for more people to enter.

This year there are 10 categories in which you can nominate the unsung heroes in the town.

Whether you know a fantastic fundraiser or a community stalwart, we want to hear all about those who deserve praise and have done something special.

Simply fill in the form on this page and send it to us or enter online or on tablet by following the links.

Details of how to get them to us are on the nomination form. The deadline for entries is February 27.

Anyone wanting further information about the Pride of Hartlepool Awards should contact the Mail’s deputy editor, Gavin Foster, on (01429) 239372 or email