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High drama: Dennis Taylor will always be remembered for his 1985 world success

High drama: Dennis Taylor will always be remembered for his 1985 world success

High drama: Dennis Taylor will always be remembered for his 1985 world success

High drama: Dennis Taylor will always be remembered for his 1985 world success

Big chance: Mark Allen will compete at the Crucible with his world ranking at an all-time high

Big chance: Mark Allen will compete at the Crucible with his world ranking at an all-time high

High drama: Dennis Taylor will always be remembered for his 1985 world success

Dennis Taylor will mark the 35th anniversary of his legendary black ball World Championship final victory over Steve Davis in an unusual way - it will be the first time the Ulsterman has not been present at the Crucible in Sheffield as player or pundit for 43 years.

When the World Championship gets under way tomorrow, Taylor will be covering the tournament for the BBC from London due to Covid restrictions.

There will, though, be a limited number of spectators as the £2.5m tournament is one of the government's select band of test events in the bid to get fans back into venues.