The annual Dave Coleshill Cup pool tournament in the Edinburgh Arms pub across the road from the Barbican Centre got under way on the Friday night after the snooker quarter-finals in York.
This was the fourth staging of the event named in memory of the long-time lighting technician and drew the usual large number of entries. Unfortunately this correspondent was unable to take his place in the draw, but apparently dodged a bullet after passing on the entry to BBC Radio Five Live and Television presenter George Riley.
Snooker and rugby league aficionado Riley, over in York for the evening catching up with former colleagues and friends, ran into Ukrainian Tanya Volovelska, pictured, in the first round and was sent packing by the talented amateur snooker player, who has played in PTCs in Eastern Europe.
Riley left licking his wounds on a late train back across the Pennines. The action was due to continue late on Saturday night.
Tournament director Mike Ganley has had to put up with plenty of (reasonably) good natured banter after a past rules controversy in the final saw him claim victory over radio broadcaster Jonny Bryan.