SNOOKER: ‘Amazing’ Bill is honoured by league

SNOOKER STALWART: Bill Parker with the Highest Achievement trophy. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG180513-156NG
SNOOKER STALWART: Bill Parker with the Highest Achievement trophy. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG180513-156NG
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Spalding and District Snooker and Billiards League legend Bill Parker enjoyed a night to remember at Saturday’s end of season bash.

The 82-year-old, who has been involved with the league for more than half a century, was given the ‘Highest Achievement Award’ by his colleagues at the annual dinner dance and trophy presentation night at Springfields Events Centre.

Cue ace Mark Gray was also given a special award for breaking numerous league records over the season – headlined by his stunning 141 break, the biggest ever seen on the Spalding scene.

All of the trophy winners collected their silverware too, but the league’s Match Secretary Susan Lefley felt it was Parker’s night.

She said: “It was another great event and I hope everybody that attended enjoyed it.

“It was nice to get Mark an award for his unprecedented season, as he sadly didn’t qualify for any of the individual trophies as an ex-professional.

“But the highlight had to be Bill, it was his night really. He’s been involved with the league since joining as player in 1958 and has enjoyed 27 years as our league President.

“I believe he’s played in 24 finals over the years and he also put our league on the map by becoming our first player to win the Lincolnshire Individual Snooker Challenge event.

“To this day he still has a huge input on finals weekend and is still a major part of the league. Bill does so much and is an amazing man – we’d be lost without him.”

Among those to collect their gongs on the night were the four league winners – Long Sutton B (Division One), Boundary B (Division Two), Bourne Snooker Centre A (Division Three) and Consti E (Division Four).

A special mention also goes to third-tier runners-up Whittlesey B, who have now secured back-to-back promotions.

The league will retain four divisions next season, with just one side dropping out.