Stalham amateurs and pool elite pair for charity match

By day they fix leaky pipes, crunch numbers and attack homework.

But tomorrow night a group Stalham residents will be shelving their normal routine to take up a cue and play pool with a selection of the world's top players in the name of charity.

The amateurs, which include 13-year-old Stalham High pupil Sasha Borisova, a plumber and an accountant, will be paired with a top ranking player in a scotch-doubles fundraising tournament, organised and held at the Sutton Staithe Hotel.

The match will be raising money for Against Breast Cancer and rounds off 12 weeks of events organised by the hotel in aid of the charity, including a Divas night of song and dance performed by some of its female staff (pictured).

The charity game will also mark the beginning of the first ever Broads Classic tournament, as the world class players will go on to battle it out against one another for a �6,500 prize over Friday and Saturday.

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Damion Millward, who owns the hotel near Stalham, said: 'Everyone can't wait to be honest, the people that are most enthusiastic are the players because it's a different tournament. They're raring to play with the amateurs.'

The amateur players, who have had to raise �500 to chalk up with a pro, will take to the table after a performance from the Divas, who are returning for a second night as their first show proved so popular.

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'With the dance show and everything else it's considerably more jazzy than the stuffy library type set up they're (the pros) are used to,' Mr Millward added.

The evening will culminate with a cheque presentation for �10,000 to pool legend Carl Morris, who inspired the hotel's fundraising mission after signing up to the Classic. The former world champ was left deaf after surviving meningitis aged three but has gone on to raise more than �160,000 for a number of charities.

Mr Millward said: 'Thursday night is a fantastic story of local people from totally different walks of life getting together to raise money for a good cause. There's been so many people involved with different things, it's been quite inspiring.'

* The charity matches kick off at 9pm tomorrow with the Classic starting at 12pm on Friday and continuing with a 10am start on Saturday.

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