Pool: Bute charity exhibition is cancelled

A CHARITY pool exhibition due to be held on Bute this weekend has been cancelled.

The exhibition at Kingarth Hotel this Saturday, in aid of the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland and Marie Curie Cancer Care, had been due to feature the Scottish number one, Pat Holtz.

Mr Holtz has offered to hold exhibitions and coaching sessions free of charge throughout the country in return for donations to the two charities, and interest in challenging him had been high among Bute’s top players.

But Mike McHardy, chairman of the Isle of Bute Pool League, contacted The Buteman on Monday to advise that Mr Holtz - who has raised £2,121 so far at events as far afield as Aberdeen and Kilmarnock - would no longer be able to attend on Saturday and that the event had therefore been cancelled.

Mike said: “Pat apologises for this unavoidable situation, but has promised to reorganize the event later in the year.”

However, a fund-raising flyer in aid of CHAS and Marie Curie due to take place at Kingarth Hotel this Thursday, August 2, will still go ahead: all those wishing to take part can go along between 7pm and 7.30pm in order to be included.

All proceeds from Thursday’s event will go to CHAS and Marie Curie.

* In other pool news, three teams have entered the Isle of Bute Pool League’s annual five-person team competition - Nae Talent (captained by Willie Mullen), The Mafia (captained by Chez Harrison) and FUBAR (captained by Mike McHardy).

The double eliminator format draw will take place on Sunday, August 5. The competition will get underway on Thursday, August 9; any last minute entries must be received by noon on Sunday.