Snooker star Parrot aiming to pot funds for charities


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FORMER World Snooker Champion John Parrott will be the star attraction at a Sportsman’s Dinner that aims to raise vital funds for two charities that help people in Hartlepool.

Gretton Court care home in Hartlepool, which is for people with dementia, and Butterwick Hospice in Stockton, which cares for youngsters across the Tees valley, including in Hartlepool, will gain from the event.

It is being held at The Wynyard Rooms, at Wynyard Park, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, and organisers are urging people to back the cause.

Organisers say guests are guaranteed an amusing and witty after-dinner speech from one of the legends of the green baize, ably supported by comedian Lea Roberts and MC Jerry Earl.

As well as winning the World Snooker Championship, John Parrott is also a former UK and European Snooker Champion.

He was captain on the BBC quiz show A Question of Sport for six years and has worked for the BBC’s snooker and horse racing commentary teams for many years, he is an avid Everton FC fan.

Jeff Hind, from The Wynyard Rooms, said: “John has an infectious sense of humour and charismatic personality. We’re looking forward to a great night.

“I would urge people to support the event and help us to raise much-needed money for two very worthwhile local charities which carry out so much good work.”

Tickets for the event, on Friday, February 17, next year, are £45 each and include a three-course dinner.

Lounge suits are the required dress code and doors open at 7pm and dinner will be served at 8pm.

For further information or to buy a ticket, call The Wynyard Rooms on (01740) 661000.