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Northern Irish snooker player Mark Allen has been welcomed home by around 500 well-wishers following his triumph at the 2018 Masters Snooker Championship.

The Antrim man attended a celebration event hosted by BBC's Stephen Watson at Antrim Forum.

He became the first Northern Irishman to win one of snooker’s three major titles since Dennis Taylor in 1987 after beating England’s Kyren Wilson 10-7 in January’s final.

Allen said: “I am overwhelmed with the support here this evening. I started playing snooker at a young age and have been a member of both Riverside Snooker Club in Antrim and after it closed, 147 Snooker Club.

"It is great to see so many of my supporters here this evening and I am delighted to have this celebration event so that I can give something back to the people of my home town.”

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Eight year old Charlie Martin from Antrim got some expert advice when he played UK Masters snooker champion, Mark Allen in front of the champion's his home town crowd in Antrim tonight. Credit: Stephen Davison.

Speaking at the event, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Hamill commented; “Mark’s recent big break at the 2018 Snooker Masters, where he sunk Kyren Wilson 10-7, as well as taking on Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins on his way to the final is no doubt a massive achievement and we, as a Borough are extremely proud.”

He continued, “Mark is the first Northern Irishman to win one of snooker's three major titles since Dennis Taylor's Masters victory in 1987. It is my honour to congratulate him on not just this amazing achievement but as an ambassador for his home town of Antrim.”

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