A HARTLEPOOL club which has been around for over six decades is appealing for new members.
The Athenaeum Club, in Church Street, Hartlepool, is holding a week of open days and nights in a bid to attract new male and female members.
Geoff Hainsworth, from the age-old club, contacted the Mail to appeal to readers.
He said: “Are you looking to upgrade your social life?
“Here is a chance to visit one of Hartlepool’s oldest clubs and see if it fits the bill.
“From Sunday, May 17, until Saturday, May 23, you can visit the club and have a game of snooker, darts or just a game of cards.
“Lilian, our stewardess, keeps a very good pint which you are welcome to sample.
“The Athenaeum opened its doors in 1851 and is the oldest building in what was West Hartlepool.
“It has been a social club for many years and has four well-maintained snooker tables which are available to members at £1.50 per hour.
“If you don’t want to be the next Ronnie O’Sullivan you can just have a quiet pint and put the world to rights.”
The Athenaeum is open all day from 10 am until 11 pm.
Daytime admission is by key which can be obtained for £7 returnable deposit.
The bar is open from 6.30pm onwards.
Three Athenaeum snooker teams compete in the Hartlepool and District Billiards and Snooker league and it also has a ladies’ darts team.
There is opportunity for other teams wishing to play snooker, billiards, darts or crib in local leagues.
Geoff added: “Several times a year we have shows in our comfortable lounge which are enjoyed by members.
“During the Open Week you will be shown the ropes by committee men and we’ll even lend you a cue to try the snooker tables.
“You will find the Athenaeum to be a warm and friendly club with good members and a very nice atmosphere.
“Ladies are welcome and our facilities are first class.”
For further details ring the club on (01429) 272112.