Tributes paid to snooker stalwart Jacky

Jacky Pickering

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a town snooker stalwart after his death.

Jacky Pickering, who turned out for several Hartlepool clubs, passed away aged 75.

But he was still playing his beloved snooker up to five months ago .

Today, his son, John Middleton, 45, paid tribute to Jacky who he says was “well-known and well-liked by all who knew him”.

“Everybody’s been mentioning him in the clubs so I thought it would be nice to pay tribute to him in the Mail,” said John, of Stirling Street.

“He was such a nice bloke and he played in the snooker league for more 40 years. It was because of the snooker in the clubs that a lot of people knew him and he was in a lot of competitions.”

Jacky, who grew up in West Hartlepool and was also dad to Jackie and Jeffrey, and step-dad to Deb, Andrew, Tony, Steven and Brian, said his dad started playing snooker when he was in his late teens and played in many competitions winning many cups and trophies.

Retired wagon driver Jacky, who lived at Hartfields Retirement Village, in Bishop Cuthbert, competed in town clubs including the old Boiler Maker’s Club, in Clarence Road, the Catholic Club, in Marlowe Road, United Services Club, in Miers Avenue, the Engineers Club, in Raby Road, and King Oswy Workingmen’s Club, in King Oswy Drive.

Jacky once played world champion Steve Davis at a time when the clubs’ top players got to tackle the country’s snooker elite in arranged matches.

“He loved snooker,” said unemployed John, who also plays for the Belle Vue Club, in Kendal Road, in the same league as his dad, who died on April 5.

“He was really good and he was a very good hand on the table when he was playing even five months before he died. He still managed to get 60 or 70 breaks.”