Snooker star Dennis Taylor is special guest at presentation

Special guest: Dennis Taylor
Special guest: Dennis Taylor

Dennis Taylor was the guest professional for the Rapid Recruit Burnley and District Snooker League presentation evening.

The 1985 world champion, who beat Steve Davis on the final black in one of the sport’s most memorable finals, followed in the footsteps of Joe Johnson and Canadian Cliff Thorburn to grace the event at Ighten Leigh.

The former Grand Prix and Masters victor competed against several winners from the league’s competitions and survived with an undefeated run which included a high break of 68.

The Irishman, a BBC snooker commentator, finished the night with a trick shot routine and played the famous machine-gun shot, potting every ball in to the same pocket in quick succession.

Singles champion Josh Stevenson kindly donated his prize money to the Paul Hunter Foundation in memory of his best friend Jordan Ullah. He also managed to raise an additional £1,000 for the cause, which was gratefully received on the night by charity representative Russell Large.

“The league is going from strength to strength,” said secretary Matt Kayley. “Our new committee has worked hard to attract many new sponsors and without their support we would not be able to secure such big names.

“Dennis and Alex Higgins cut their teeth in Lancashire and we want Burnley to be a hotbed for the game once again. We are already in discussions to secure another world champion or top 16 player for next year.”

British Rail B were crowned Division One champions, Westfield D secured the Division Two title while Brierfield WMC won the Fred Musgrove Team Knockout.