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In memory of friend and snooker legend Willie Thorne 150 150 mhamer

In memory of friend and snooker legend Willie Thorne

Jimmy and wife May had dinner in Febuary with former snooker star Willie Thorne, who has died at the age of 66

Jimmy Cricket posted a video as a tribute to friend Willie Thorne who has died at the age of 66.

Former snooker star and TV commentator Willie was diagnosed with leukaemia in March and taken to hospital in Spain last week with dangerously low blood pressure.

He was placed into an induced coma, but passed away in hospital early on Wednesday.

Willie reached two World Championship quarter-finals during his career.

Known as Mr Maximum, he was the third player to reach the landmark of 100 centuries.

He retired from professional snooker in 2001 and was a respected commentator for more than 30 years with BBC, ITV and Sky.

Jimmy and May enjoyed dinner with Willie and others during a trip to Spain in February (see the photo top).

The Northern Irish comedian tweeted: “In memory of Willie who sadly passed away today, here is a short interview he did with our great mutual friend, (while living in Spain), the compere/singer/comic ⁦@steviespit.”

Watch the interview on YouTube

Five-time snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan was among many others to pay tribute to Willie, calling him “a beautiful man”.

Ronnie O'Sullivan paid tribute to the late Willie Thorne

Also read: Snooker legend has dinner with a Cricket legend

 

 

Snooker legend has dinner with a Cricket legend 150 150 mhamer

Snooker legend has dinner with a Cricket legend

Our thanks to Andy and all the team at Mumbai Blue Indian Restaurant for a wonderful meal last night while catching up with old friends, legendary snooker player@TheWillieThorne alongside singer/comic @steviespit and @eileengleave alias Nanny McPhee

Jimmy Cricket had dinner with a former snooker star during his latest trip to Spain.

The famous funnyman and his wife May – also a professional entertainer – enjoyed a meal with some friends, including Willie Thorne.

Willie (left on the top photo) is a former English professional snooker player and ex-BBC, ITV and Sky Sports commentator.

Jimmy tweeted: “Our thanks to Andy and all the team at Mumbai Blue Indian Restaurant for a wonderful meal last night while catching up with old friends, snooker’s legendary @TheWillieThorne alongside singer/comic @steviespit and @eileengleave alias Nanny McPhee.”

Rochdale-born Eileen Greave, who is a charity fundraiser, said: “Absolute fantastic night at the Emerald Isle.

“Jimmy cricket , Stevie spit BEM And for their first show never forget you smashed it boys 👏👏👏 not forgetting the one and only Nikki G 👏👏👏.”

Popular Northern Irishman comedian Jimmy has just completed three shows on the Spanish mainland.

He first performed at the Coopers Arms in Ciudad Quesada near Alicante on Tuesday (25 February).

On Wednesday (26 February), Jimmy did a show at the Emerald Isle in the La Florida complex in Orihuela.

The last date on his latest visit was on Friday (28 February) at Hotel Marina in Alicante.

With a growing ex-pat market within the Alicante and Benidorm regions, Jimmy has done shows regularly in Spain.

Find out where Jimmy, 74, is performing next and view all his tour dates on this website.

Also read: Meeting old friends from Ireland in Spain