A QUICK-fire pool champion is looking for a charity to donate an LCD television to after he potted his way to first place at a recent battle of the cues.
Duncan Nolan only decided to enter the competition at Riley’s in the town centre at the last minute after hearing it was being organised as a charity fundraiser.
In fact, Mr Nolan said the main draw was the two free pints which came with the £5 entry.
However, the pool hall regular ended up going home with more than just a full stomach from the finger buffet after seeing off competition from a host of county league standard potters.
Despite turning up just two minutes before the start, Mr Nolan won £50 for being the first player to seven ball an opponent – managing to do so in one minute 38 seconds.
He then went on to win his opening three games 3-0 before locking horns with respected local player Mike Harrison in the semi-final.
The match may have been a tighter affair, with Mr Nolan winning 3-2, but by 10.30pm he had booked a place in the final.
Mr Nolan said: “I had to wait around until 1.55am to start the final, which was far from ideal and my opponent was a very tactical, slow player who took his time.
“Thankfully though I did not give him much of a chance to waste time and won in three frames.
“Considering my friend and I had only gone along to annoy people by playing the Cheeky Girls and Cliff Richard on the jukebox it was quite a result.”
His prize for the early-morning victory was a state-of-the-art 32 inch television.
However, the kind-hearted cueman decided to give the television away to charity, entering into the spirit of the evening which was organised by Dean Foster and Lea Healy in aid of the Wessex Cancer Trust.
Bafflingly though, Mr Nolan has so far had no takers. “I have tried contacting a few local charities,” he told the Observer, “but nobody has been able to take it off my hands.
“Some people have been concerned about the TV tempting burglars, while others have said health and safety means they cannot get it put up on the wall.
“I just want it to go to a good home where it will be put to use.
“I am going to keep on trying, but if anyone knows of a charity which would like it, it would be great if they got in touch.”
If you work for a charity which is interested in the television, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass your details on to Mr Nolan.