Snooker legend Dennis Taylor came face to face with his younger self on trip to Lancashire – thanks to the Observer.

The former World Champion hailed the old Hyndburn snooker scene after being shown a picture of himself from the paper’s Garth Dawson column.

Dennis had been photographed at the Union Street Club in Accrington in 1981 by former Observer snapper Garth Dawson. The picture appeared on Garth’s Looking Back page in the paper in February and attracted numerous letters and emails.

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

Mr Taylor was presented with a copy of the Observer containing the picture by Chris Lovell of North Lancs Training Group (NLTG) during a recent appearance in Skelmersdale for the group. The BBC snooker commentator said he had some ‘fantastic nights’ in Accrington in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Dennis Taylor in the Observer picture from 1981
Dennis Taylor in the Observer picture from 1981
 

He said: “I had some great times in and around Accrington which at the time was a hot bed of snooker.There were the likes of Alex Higgins, myself and Jim Meadowcroft from Bacup and later Steve Longworth, Chris Henry and John Harrop.

“My visits to both the Dale Street and Union Street clubs will probably have been through the brewers Matthew Brown where we had some great nights.”

Chris Lovell, foundation learning manager at NLTG, said Mr Taylor remembered several people in the picture. He said: “I saved a copy of the Accrington Observer and took it along for him to see. It was quite funny to see his reaction as he chuckled and said they were great times. We sometimes forget how big snooker was in Accrington in the 1970s and 1980s.”

NLTG ambassador Mr Taylor was speaking during a tour of the county to showcase the Paul Hunter Foundation. It is supported by Lancashire County Council’s young peoples service and aims to get young people playing snooker.