Six times World Snooker champion Steve Davis paid tribute to the work of a Haverhill based charity during a visit to the town.
The legendary potter spent Sunday afternoon (January 6) at the Haverhill Ex-Servicemen’s Club as part of a roadshow run by the Paul Hunter Foundation.
The event was held to promote the foundation - set up in the wake of the 2006 death of 27-year-old former world top five snooker player Paul Hunter - and to support TJS Snookerbility, the charity founded by Tim Squires in order to help people with disabilities play the sport.
Davis played matches with and offered coaching tips to Snookerbility members and numerous children before signing autographs, announcing raffle winners and presenting everyone he played with a certificate and medal.
He also paid tribute to the work of TJS Snookerbility, saying: “You can never lose sight of how much enjoyment as a pastime snooker has given to so many people.
“If they get a small percentage of the enjoyment that I get out of the game what a great thing to do.
“You don’t come across people who are prepared to put themselves out so much for others that often.”
Davis was joined at the roadshow by the foundation’s Chris Lovell (also head of coaching for World Snooker) and Neil Ormerod.
Mr Lovell said: “There’s only one word that sums up what Tim (Squires) is trying to do here and that’s remarkable.”
The day raised more than £1,000 for TJS Snookerbility, and a grateful Tim said: “This guy (Steve Davis) has won many many championships, but everyone who has taken part today for Snookerbility, they are all world champions to me, they really are.”
He added: “Hopefully the outcome (of the roadshow) will be that I could run Snookerbility through the Paul Hunter Foundation. They might be able to add it on or get me more involved in it.”