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April 30, 2004

Pool stars are cue-ing up to help charity

From: ic, UK - Apr 30, 2004

SOME of the country's top pool stars are queuing up to come to West Lothian to help charity.

Whitburn pool player Martin 'The Rain King' McGreskin (31) is leaving the Whitburn and District Pool League after 14 years, and has organised a special charity night to mark the occasion.

The event, in aid of the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS), takes place in the Royal British Legion in Whitburn on Friday, May 7, from 7pm.

Tickets cost £5 and guests will be treated to a variety of matches featuring big names in the sport, including English International and former World Champion Carl Morris, Pat Holtz, former European Champion, current Scottish Champion Scott Ross, European Champion Paddy McMullen and Scotland team captain Alan Reynolds.

Martin McGreskin, who has represented the Royal British Legion A and B teams, The Cavalier, Club 8, Broxi's and Coopers during his team in the pool league, said: "I knew I wanted to do a charity night, and world champion Carl Morris, who is deaf, fund raises for deaf children.

"My mother is deaf as well, so it seems appropriate.

"Once word got out I was organising this, I had some of the top names in the sport phoning me up and offering their services to come and help, which was unbelievable."

Special matches on the night will include local players versus the professionals, a trick shot challenge between Carl Morris and Pat Holtz, the last chance to claim a place in the Smirnoff Black Ice Speed Pool tournament, and a special match pitting Martin's chosen team against a Scotland select.

There will also be a raffle on the night for a cue belonging to Scotland A team Captain Alan Reynolds, supplied by renowned cue maker Andy Gibb, who also makes cues for snooker star Graham Dott.

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