Keith Weston: Snooker stalwart dies

Keith Weston, the first chairman of the Leeds Billiards and Snooker Organisation, has died at the age of 78.

Weston had been chairman of the Adel Memorial Snooker Club for 11 years when in 1980 he was encouraged to expand his interest in Leeds snooker.

In July that year he qualified as an official referee and was immediately invited to join the committee of the Leeds and District League.

A year later, he was elected chairman and held this position until 1987 when having achieved three major changes of administration he retired and handed over 11 divisions to incoming chairman Rodney Sims.

Weston was elected chairman of the Yorkshire Referees Association – a position he held for 15 years. He became a Class 1 referee in 1989 and in that year was also elected as the players' representative in the Leeds Billiards and Snooker Association, the governing body in Leeds.

He was elected president of the Leeds Referees in 1997 and following the death of Stan Brook in 1999 also became chairman.

During his refereeing career, Weston refereed 13 of the 15 world champions between 1979 and 2009 and five women world champions.

In 1991, he was elected chairman of the Leeds Billiards and Snooker Association until 2006, when he proposed that the league and the association should amalgamate.

Thus, in 2006, the Leeds Billiards and Snooker Organisation was formed and he was chairman of the new body for three years.

He then retired so that a younger team could be formed.

Since then, Weston was vice chairman of the organisation, but by late 2010, he relinquished all positions apart from remaining chairman of his beloved Adel Memorial Snooker Club.