Wednesday, 25 May 2011


Snooker legend Jimmy ‘Whirlwind’ White will be in Newcastle this week to support the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation – exactly a year to the day after he said he would return.

Jimmy visited Newcastle to help the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation on 26 May last year and played eight frames of snooker at Westfield Social Club against the highest bidders in the room.

The event raised an incredible £5,000 for the regional cancer charity and Jimmy rounded off a hugely entertaining and successful evening by promising to come back again – and this time Tony Drago will be helping to wow the crowd with exhibition snooker.

Last year Jimmy, who has fought cancer himself, said: “For me to be able to help raise some money in Sir Bobby Robson’s name, that’s just fantastic. He was always doing things to help other people and it’s really an honour for me to be able to help out.

“I must have been to Newcastle hundreds of times. I’m a big Chelsea fan and I’ve seen maybe 15 or 20 games at St James’ Park. The atmosphere there is second to none.”

The charity snooker event is being held at Newcastle Labour Club on Leazes Park Road on Thursday 26 May and doors open at 6.30pm.

It includes five frames of exhibition snooker, presentation of the Newcastle and Gateshead Snooker League awards and then Jimmy and Tony will take on all-comers.

A limited number of tickets for this event remain available through organiser Michael Sheldon (tel 07905 816 288) or on the door and are priced £15.