Cued up as mayor
0:00am Fri May 08, 2009
Jason Ferguson (39) of Wellow Road, Ollerton, once ranked among the world’s best snooker players, is set to be the new mayor of Ollerton and Boughton. - 060509JT6-2
A snooker player who was once among the best in the world is due to become the Mayor of Ollerton and Boughton on Wednesday.
Mr Jason Ferguson (39) of Wellow Road, Ollerton, has been a town councillor for about 21/2 years and is expected to be elected at the town’s annual meeting.
He is the owner of Wheels ‘n’ Things, on Forest Road, and a non-executive director of Sherwood Energy Village.
Before his current roles, he had a 15-year career as a snooker professional and reached 23rd in the world rankings.
He was chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, which involved a lot of overseas travel.
He has not played competitively for about four years, although is still registered as a professional and could return to the game.
Originally from Mansfield, Mr Ferguson first got into snooker in Ollerton, where he used to practise.
He moved to the town about 14 years ago.
He said: “I used to travel to Ollerton a lot when I was 12 and 13. When I came to put my roots down, it was the place I knew better than anywhere.
“I do like Ollerton as a place. I always felt it would have a great future, even when the pit closed. Something about the community is unique.”
Mr Ferguson would like to see the town centre develop more over the next few years.
“I know it’s not going to happen overnight but I am keen to continue plans to create a better town centre and I believe we can do that,” he said.
Mr Ferguson is keen on helping local sports organisations, and is playing a key role with Ollerton Town Youth Football Club.
Mr Ferguson’s former snooker manager, Mr Ray Shilling, is also a town councillor.
Mr Ferguson said: “He was the person who looked after me and there is not a day that goes by when he doesn’t ask me if I’m going back into it. It is still very much in my mind.”
He hasn’t ruled out playing again in the world championships in Sheffield in a few years.
Mr Ferguson is married to Mrs Helen Ferguson and they have three children, Elliott (9) Jordan (7) and Eleanor (3).
He said: “I am looking forward to my year as mayor. It will be an interesting time because we are in a time with global change.
“What will come out of that, eventually, will be new opportunities and as a town we can gain from those.”