Snooker ace Lisa Corbett has given women a big break.
She made history this week by becoming the first woman in Hyndburn to play a competitive working men’s club game.
Lisa, 36, of Annie Street, Accrington, joined the Brooks Club in Infant Street, Accrington, at the beginning of this year as the first full female member.
Her break came after the Club and Institute Union, which governs working men’s clubs across the country, changed its constitution to give women equal rights.
They were prevously only allowed to enter clubs as guests of members.
Lisa had played snooker at the Brooks Club with her partner Jim Winterbottom, 53, in the past but never without him, so she was thrilled to become a member in her own right.
She said: "All the members have been very supportive. I’ve been playing snooker since I was 14 and I practise all the time. I was ready for my first match."
And it was a winning start for the mum of four-year-old Jak, as she won her first league match at Sydney Street Working Men’s Club on Tuesday night by just one point.
She said: "It was a very close match but I just managed to pot the black. I was really happy about it."
Lisa, who works as a driver for Greyhound Ford in Clayton-le-Moors, now hopes other women will follow her example.
Jim, a former Brooks Club secretary, said: "I am proud of her. It’s the first time a woman has played in Accrington and possibly the whole of the country.
"This was a long-overdue decision by the CIU."