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Snooker star 'pots in' to open village hall
A SNOOKER star helped villagers in South Lakeland open a newly refurbished hall in the Lyth Valley.
Dozens descended on the Crosthwaite and Lyth Valley Parish Council’s room on Tuesday night to celebrate the official opening.
Among them was former professional snooker player Tony Knowles, who reached number two in the world rankings in the 1980s.
Tony, who now runs Churchills Wine Bar in Bowness, played four rounds against members of the Crosthwaite and Lyth Valley snooker club, who were involved in the refurbishment.
Although owned by the parish council, which donated £5,000 towards the work, it is run on behalf of the village and is used by the club.
The refurbishment, done over the last four months, has made the room more suitable for snooker by lowering the ceiling, re-doing the floor and adding central heating.
Crosthwaite and Lyth Valley Snooker Club member David Myers, whose father was one of the founders, said the work was needed.
“The old room was dilapidated, cold and not suitable for snooker or meetings,” he said.
“The parish council asked if we could decorate the room but rather than just decorate we though why not go the whole way and completely re-jig the room?”
Mr Myers praised a number of local suppliers who offered their service free of charge or at a reduced rate.
He said: “I would like to thank the many volunteers who worked tirelessly from May to get it finished, including Scott Walker, who re-wired the electrics, Dave Bowe, who donated paint and the Punchbowl Inn at Crosthwaite for hosting the opening. Club captain Mike Dixon and retired builder Brian Kitching put most of the work in.”
Mr Myers also thanked David Stott, Paul Cleasby, Antony Myers, Colin Hudson, Bromborough Paint, Ian Edwards, Tony Fiddler, Roger Jackson and the Kendal branch of builders’ merchants Travis Perkins for their efforts.
Mary Harkness, chair of Crosthwaite and Lyth Parish Council, said she was ‘extremely grateful’ to the snooker club and volunteers.
“A lot of hard work has gone into it and we hope it will be used for many years to come by the community,” she said.
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