Mandy Harper, Kaylee Jones, Melanie Jones, Jonathan Jones, Graham Harper and James Jones. Picture: Michael Fysh

A 24-hour snooker marathon held in memory of a 34-year-old Downham Market man has raised £3,700. 

James Parker died in October 2010 after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

His best friend Jonathan Jones, of Feltwell, who went to school with him, arranged the fundraising challenge.

Mr Jones said he had always wanted to raise money for the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his best friend and knew the challenge had to be snooker-based.

He said: “James was a very keen snooker player and from an early age we would regularly be found in the local snooker or pool hall. 

“His flamboyant use of back spin would always make people laugh and be astounded at the same time.”

The challenge started at noon last Saturday at the 3 Counties Snooker Academy in King’s Lynn, and ended at noon the following day.

In the recent years before his death, Mr Parker moved to the USA where he met his wife Sonya.

She sent her late husband’s cue to Mr Jones especially for the snooker marathon.  

Melanie Jones, married to Mr Jones, said: “The event went incredibly well with 24 people booked in to play at least one frame each by donating £10 per frame played. Forty-five frames of snooker were played over the 24 hours.”

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