POOL players in Clacks have raised a whopping £3,300 this month to support a cause close to their hearts.

The charity night went ahead at Legends Pool Hall in Fishcross earlier on March 18, raising money for Myeloma UK.

It is a cause close to the heart to many pool players at the aptly named venue, their friend and ex-pro Billy Snaddon having been diagnosed with myeloma in 2018.

Billy, from Sauchie, has been battling the disease – a type of blood cancer arising from plasma cells – ever since.

The charity night, hosted by pool hall manager Sam Gray, who was praised for her effort in securing raffle prizes and all needed for a successful event.

Snaddon, who once beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 5-3, was ranked world number 24 at the height of his career.

People heading along enjoyed entertainment all night with superb singer and karaoke legend Wayne Morrison, while Steven Smith organised a highly entertaining six red shoot out tournament.

Raffle prizes were donated from all over, including from Neil Bonner who had shown huge support from the start.

Auctions were held throughout the night for signed Jayson Shaw memorabilia, a Peradon pool case, online bonus balls for a cue donated by Gordon Smith and much more.

Tullibody talent Danny Wilson, also known as The Geetar Man, was also providing entertainment for the night, which saw donations come from as far as England and Northern Ireland.

Danny told the Advertiser: “It was actually quite overwhelming, just how successful it was.

“Sam, the manager of the pool hall, and her boyfriend Steven have done so much work trying to get all the prizes in, everybody else who donated the prizes [were amazing].

“That's probably the first time since before Covid that that group of people, a good 20 or 30 people who were really-really close friends, all sat, had a laugh and a drink altogether and the night was just a breeze, the whole night was just really-really successful.”

Danny and Billy, who actually played football for Sauchie before snooker and pool, have been friends for some 10 years.

He hailed Billy as an inspiration, despite myeloma being incurable today, he is gearing up to represent Scotland at the 2023 EBA Nations Cup of Pool this weekend.