FORMER world number one Cliff Thorburn proved he was still a class act on the green baize when he visited Hexham’s Albert Edward Club. 

The Canadian took on the club’s members in a series of exhibition matches, before wowing the audience with some eye-catching trick shots, on October 17.

Thorburn, who defeated Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins to win the 1980 world championship, recalled stories from his playing days on the professional circuit. 

Albert Edward Club member John Woodley, who plays snooker at a high level locally, said: “It was a real honour for me to be able to play a snooker legend like Cliff Thorburn, and then to hear his stories about the big name players of past and present. It was just amazing.”