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Looking back: Snooker legend Dennis Taylor's visit to Accrington

Former Observer photographer Garth Dawson snapped this picture, believed to have been taken some time in the 1970s

Garth Dawson
1985 snooker world champion Dennis Taylor visiting Accrington before his famous victory

Snooker world champion Dennis Taylor visited Accrington before his world famous victory.

Former Observer photographer Garth Dawson snapped this picture, believed to have been taken some time in the 1970s,  at one of the town's working men’s clubs.

Perhaps our readers will be able to tell us where and when it was taken?

Garth snapped Taylor as he posed with members of the men’s club.

He said: “In 1985 Dennis Taylor won the title in the final with Steve Davis, ending with a score of 17-17.

“Taylor potted the last black of the game to win the title.”

He added: “He lived in Blackburn I think and he did a lot of going round working men’s clubs in the area.” Garth says the Observer also ran a snooker competition one year at the former ambulance drill hall which attracted hundreds of entrants.

Our next photo is a familiar scene, shoppers flocking to the outdoor market and market hall in Accrington. Garth took this picture in December 1977 of the crowds doing their Christmas shopping.

Garth Dawson Shoppers flocking to the outdoor market and market hall in Accrington
Shoppers flocking to the outdoor market and market hall in Accrington
 

He says it was taken at the passageway at the old concrete market, now known as Market Square and that the area was always flooded with shoppers over the Christmas period.

Our final picture this week features members of Whalley Road Methodist Church in Accrington during one of their Sunday School processions of witness. It was taken in June 1971 and Brownies and Girl Guides can be seen in the foreground.

Garth Dawson Whalley Road Methodist Church in Accrington during a Sunday School procession
Whalley Road Methodist Church in Accrington during a Sunday School procession
 

Did you meet snooker great Dennis Taylor or know when and where he visited the area, did you fight through Christmas crowds at the market hall or take part in the processions of witness?  Why not send us your memories for our letters page via the contact details below.

We want to publish your old pictures. They can be from any era right up to the 1990s. Please bring them into our office at Accrington Market Hall or email us at accringtonobserver@menmedia.co.uk and tell us why they are important to you. Contact Garth on garth@dawsong84.freeserve.co.uk

 
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