It was fantastic news earlier this week that the World Snooker Championships will stay in Sheffield.
Keeping the snooker in the city is important to Sheffield and the council has been determined to do this deal with World Snooker to make it happen.
This has come as a result of a lot of hard work between many parties in the city and I would also like to thank World Snooker for their commitment to Sheffield, as we know that they could make a lot more money by taking the tournament elsewhere.
However, they value the history and tradition of Sheffield’s association with snooker and their commitment to staying in Sheffield has been a key part of securing the deal.
I would also like to take the opportunity to make it clear that I am not the city leader that was referred to in Monday’s editorial as saying our “reputation would be better enhanced if it stepped away from what is essentially a hobby played out in smoky working-men’s clubs”.
I don’t know who made these comments but just as the editor was gobsmacked to hear it, I was gobsmacked to read it as I know that people are overwhelmingly proud of our association with snooker.
I can’t believe anyone would hold such an attitude.
I know that the enthusiasm of Sheffield people for the tournament and their pride and passion to keep it in Sheffield was one of the reasons we were successful and I was delighted to have the privilege of announcing it with Barry Hearn.
Councillor Julie Dore
Leader, Sheffield City Council