Morley pub regulars raise over £1,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research

Regulars at the Queens Hotel Morley who have raised money for Yorkshire Cancer Care by hosting a memorial pool tournament.L-R Dave Bentley,Andy Taffinder,Jason Blakey, Jane Trigg (landlady),Michael Sturgeon,Eugene McCarthy and Peter McCarthy.
Regulars at the Queens Hotel Morley who have raised money for Yorkshire Cancer Care by hosting a memorial pool tournament.L-R Dave Bentley,Andy Taffinder,Jason Blakey, Jane Trigg (landlady),Michael Sturgeon,Eugene McCarthy and Peter McCarthy.

A PUB’s memorial pool tournament has raised over £1,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

The annual event at The Queens Hotel in Morley town centre attracted more than 100 players who gathered in memory of five “special lads” who were all regulars at the pub.

Organiser Eugene McCarthy said: “They were all regulars and we grew up together.

“It’s tragic really, one died at 22 and then over the past 14 years that we have held the tournament, others have died and so we have added their names to the memorial trophy.”

The tournament in 2012 was held in memory of Graham (Gresh) Hargrave, Tyrone Jones, Paul Fox, Martin (Cheesy) Heddon and Gerald Lennon, the last of whom died this year.

Mr McCarthy, 48, added: “It was very well supported, over 100 people attended which was really good and it is nice that people don’t forget them and the money is all going to a good cause.”

When they started the tournament 14 years ago they got together a small collection which went on flowers for their friends’ graves or was given to the bereaved parents but in recent years they have raised money for Help for Heroes and, over the last three years, for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

“It’s a good cause and it is something that has touched a lot of us,” Mr McCarthy said.

He added that he would like to say a big thank you to everyone who made the event such a success, including his co-organiser Andrew Taffinder and landlady Jane Trigg.