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Sheffield Senior Day returns to the Crucible Theatre

World Seniors Snooker is delighted to announce the return of Seniors Day in Sheffield, which will take place during the World Seniors Snooker Championship on Friday 10 May.

In partnership with Age UK Sheffield, the day will bring 600 local residents from the city’s aging population to the Crucible Theater to watch the event and meet some of the legends of the snooker world.

The number of over 50s experiencing loneliness will reach two million by 2025/2026. This compares with around 1.4 million in 2016/7 – a 49% increase in 10 years, and Age UK reported in 2016 that there were 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK.

Jason Francis, chairman of World Seniors Snooker and creator of the initiative, said: “According to our partners Age UK, half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or talking to anyone. Loneliness, living alone and weak social ties are extremely harmful to people’s health”

Rohit Sagoo, World Seniors Director said: “It’s about getting those who are part of Sheffield’s aging population out of their seats, out of their homes, to come and watch snooker at the Crucible.”

John Parrott, 1991 World Snooker Champion said: “It’s a brilliant idea, everyone is excited to see snooker and meet some of the legends. It is a wonderful initiative for the event and the city”

Lucy Sharp from Age UK Sheffield said: “Last year was an amazing success and we have been inundated with requests for tickets this year. Giving the people of Sheffield a day out in the city to meet the stars, meet and watch snooker was so well received.”

The Mr Vegas World Senior Snooker Championship will be played from May 8-12 and will be broadcast live in the UK on Channel 5.

Tickets are now on sale via the Crucible on 0114 2496000 or online at www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

To find out more about Age UK please visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/

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