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Romford Snooker Club reopens for the first time since lockdown

Owner Richard Willis is excited to welcome customers back 

Romford Snooker Club will welcome back customers for the first time today since going into lockdown. 

The club had planned to reopen with pubs and restaurants last Saturday until they were told by the World Professional Snooker Association they could not use the tables and would only be able to open the bar.  

This did not make much sense to owner Richard Willis who contacted the MP for Romford, Andrew Rosindell. Mr Rosindell made some enquiries and was eventually able to confirm the club could use the tables as long as they follow covid conditions, which Richard says they will. 

“We are using every other table,” Richard told Time 107.5. “We are going to have a pre-booking system so we can offer two or three hour slots and there will be time to clean the tables, sanitise cues and snooker balls will all be brought back to central point to be cleaned.”

He also explained the bar will reopen but they will providing a table service to avoid people coming to the bar. Customers will be asked for their order as they enter and it will be delivered to their table. 

Romford Snooker Club was established around 80 years ago and Richard says it will be good to welcome back customers: 

“There has been lots of messages coming through from members who miss their snooker. 

“This is where Steve Davis started his career and lots of other players have played here over the years. Mark King, whose a Romford boy, has played here and so it will be great to get back. 

Existing members will be given a three month extension of their membership following lockdown. 

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