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An audience with top snooker players

Professional players Jamie Curtis-Barrett and Allan Taylor will be visiting the Beachcomber in September to raise money for Grimsby hospital’s official charity, The Health Tree Foundation.

The duo wants to support the hospital’s Pink Rose Fund in memory of Jamie’s wife Leanne who was a patient on the Pink Rose suite. She sadly lost her fight against breast cancer in March 2016.

They will be swapping their cues for microphones for an evening of behind the scene stories of the snooker world, as well as answering questions from the audience.

Jamie, who was born and bred in Cleethorpes, has played on the snooker circuit  both locally and nationally since the age of 10 before taking his place on the world tour last year only weeks after the death of his wife Leanne. He has risen from 122 to 90 in the world rankings after just 12 months earning himself the nickname ‘The JCB’ for his determination to succeed and for his courage.

 Jamie said: “The Pink Rose is a fantastic ward and they cared for my wife for three years. They don’t get the recognition that they deserve. I set myself a £10,000 fundraising target after Leanne died and I’m close to the £8,000 mark now. The ward helps so many local people and if it means I will help save one person’s life by raising money then my efforts have been well served.”

Allan ‘the Albino Assassin’, who hails from Birkenhead, is currently in his fifth season as a professional and has seen success along the way beating former world champion Ken Doherty.

Allan said: “It’s an honour for me to be involved in this special event. Jamie and I have been friends for about 20 years. He may say that’s too long! Life has been tough for Jamie and his family with the passing of Leanne and I have just done what any normal friend would do and tried my best to support him, mainly through the medium of snooker.

"Hopefully people will purchase tickets and support the charity that helped Jamie. We will be giving an insight in to our world.”

 he event will ‘break- off’ on September 8, at 7pm, at the Beachcomber. As well as Jamie and Allan taking to the stage there will also be a hog roast.

Anyone interested in a ticket can ring the Beachcomber on 01472 812666.

Standard tickets are priced £25 which includes the hog roast and a pudding. Limited VIP tickets are also available at £40. For this people will get the chance to meet and greet the players and play a frame of snooker with one of them.

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