Tuesday, 23 February 2010


Sandra Williams sent this photograph of her father Steve Roose whose prowess at snooker has been noted on this blog. Sandra says, ‘The photo was taken in 1959 in Rhyl, possibly at the Comrades Club in Sussex Street (now Wetherspoons). My father is on right; the player on left is a professional, Jack Rae. Mr. Rae was a favourite on the BBC TV's ‘Pot Black’ and my father beat him!’

Steve Roose was born in Hope Place, Rhyl, in 1914 and died in 1972 at the age of 56. An obituary noted: ‘Steve had been a member of the Rhyl & District Snooker League for over 24 years, having served on the Executive Committee. In his heyday he was one of the finest exponents of the cue and his league record was second to none. He won all the major honours . . . His passing sees the end of an era.'