Eager players chalked up the chance of a lifetime by playing two greats of the game ahead of the World Snooker Championships.
Former champions Ken Doherty and John Parrott played pool against all comers at Sheffield railway station to raise cash for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston.
US trick shot champion Florian Kohler also wowed crowds with a series of spectacular tricks ahead of the start of the championships at the city’s Crucible theatre today.
Ken Doherty – who is playing in the tournament again this year – said: “It’s great to be back in Snooker Capital.
“There’s always a great buzz around Sheffield when the tournament is on.
“All the players can’t wait and I’m sure all the people of Sheffield can’t wait.
“I have spoken to someone who came all the way from New Zealand for 17 days to watch the snooker and bought a ticket for every session.
“Fantastic. That’s what it means to people around the world as well as the people of Sheffield.”
The pool event was organised in partnership with East Midlands Trains.
Miles Pearce, World Snooker commercial director, said: “This year’s World Championship is going to be the best ever.
“Over the past few years it has been World Snooker’s intent to expand the event outside of the Crucible in order to engage with the fans and people of Sheffield.”
Tournament sponsors Dafabet will also be donating to the charity effort, donating £100 to Bluebell Wood for every century made during the final stages of the tournament.
Julie Hampson, Bluebell Wood corporate fundraiser, said: “I’d like to thank World Snooker for making us their official charity for the second year running and sponsors Dafabet for their support.
“We feel very privileged to be part of such a prestigious sporting event.”