World snooker champion Dennis Taylor was on top form when he showed off his legendary skills to West Midlands fans.
The BBC commentator and star of Strictly Come Dancing took part in a special night at Kingswinford Conservative Club.
Around 70 people packed out the club on Inglewood Close to see the famously bespectacled star play seven frames of snooker and regaled tales of his illustrious career.
The Northern Irishman told the crowd of his early days moving to the UK when he spent his days working on a paper mill to make ends meet before hitting the big time.
And 64-year-old Taylor regaled anecdotes of his breathtaking 1985 world championship victory over Steve Davis, which was watched by a record 18 million TV viewers.
The 18-17 victory – won on the final black of the match – remains one of Britain’s iconic sporting events.
Organiser Martin Hughes said the night was a big success and added: “From the first frame he had people in stitches. He is a wonderful entertainer and everyone warms to him and wants to know more about him and the game.
“Dennis has been very impressed with the tables and the club as a whole and it is an honour that he thinks this is a great place to play snooker. He was fantastic and he was on top form.” Taylor also told stories of playing against fellow BBC commentator Willie Thorne and how he must have played thousands of frames against fellow Northern Irish player Alex Higgins in his early days on the snooker circuit. Taylor appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2005, reaching week five with partner Izabela Hannah.
The club has three snooker tables which have recently been revamped and held the evening just days ahead of the start of the new snooker season.
It competes in the Stourbridge and District snooker league and has 26 players on its books but is always looking for more members.