Impressed Willie's face is a picture

Impressed Willie's face is a picture

Sun 3rd April, 2011 by Ali Agayev

Snooker legend Willie Thorne was right on cue when it came to judging portraits – of himself.

Eleven pictures of the Leicester sporting icon were put on display by members of Clarence House Portrait Painting Group yesterday.

The show was staged at Age Concern Leicester Shire and Rutland's base in Humberstone Gate, Leicester.

Willie was invited to judge the best painting – and was so impressed with the artwork that he plans to take his mum Nancy down to see the pictures.

"They were brilliant. I think they'll bring a tear to my mum's eye, bless her," said Willie.

"I am going to take the winning portrait home and I think mum will probably buy one as well."

The snooker star said Mary Bentley's winning portrait was "just like a photograph".

Clarence House manager Antony Foster said: "We realised Willie was a local celebrity so we approached his management to see if he would come down and judge.

"Willie told us a few anecdotes about having his portrait done before and some not being that fantastic, but he was really impressed with the standard of the paintings."

The portrait group for people aged 50 and over meets every Tuesday at Clarence House under Artist Agayev instruction.

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Mon 4th April, 2011 @ 10:55am by Lucy Joy Purves

Brilliant to see the winners work and hear about the portrait group!

Fri 8th April, 2011 @ 11:23pm by Ali Agayev

Thank you Lucy

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