Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Ipswich: 2014 will definitely be a year to remember for snooker champ Mark Selby and Ipswich-born wife Vikki Layton who are expecting their first baby

13:45 23 May 2014

Snooker world champion Mark Selby at home in South Wigston with his Ipswich-born wife Vikki Layton. Picture: Will Johnston/Leicester Mercury.

Snooker world champion Mark Selby at home in South Wigston with his Ipswich-born wife Vikki Layton. Picture: Will Johnston/Leicester Mercury.

Northcliffe Media Ltd.

When Mark Selby steadied himself to pot a routine black off its spot and finally become world snooker champion, it was not only his lifelong dream he was realising.

Mark Selby celebrates with his wife Vikki after winning the final of the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, SheffieldMark Selby celebrates with his wife Vikki after winning the final of the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield

Perched high up in the Crucible’s family seats, and increasingly put under the spotlight by live television cameras, his Ipswich born-and-raised wife Vikki Layton waited with bated breath.

The 36-year-old, a former professional pool player who represented Suffolk and the Republic of Ireland, was urging her husband to complete his recovery against defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan more than anyone.

“That last clearance was just amazing,” she said.

“When he went to pot the black I thought ‘he’s going to be world champion’ and was jumping up and down like a lunatic which did not help!”

Mark battled back from 10-5 down to beat O’Sullivan 18-14 in a final watched by almost six million people on May 5.

He dedicated the trophy to his father, David, who died of cancer when he was aged 16. Vikki raced down to the snooker table to pose for pictures alongside her emotional husband.

She was also pregnant with their first child.

“We kept it a secret so Mark could concentrate on the world championship,” she said.

She is now 13 weeks pregnant and is due to have the baby in November.

“I am really excited and looking forward to it,” she said.

“We will see how much it changes us. It will probably mean more travelling for Mark trying to get away!”

The former Holywells High School (now Ipswich Academy) pupil has twice travelled to China to support Mark this year.

She tours through Europe with him and attends major UK tournaments.

“It is not a glamorous lifestyle but because I played at a high level I understand the practice and focus it takes for Mark to be one of the best,” she said.

The couple still make time to visit Vikki’s parents in Ipswich, though. They can be seen at the nearby Gainsborough Labour and Social Club, enjoying a game of pool.

“They all watched Mark win the title at the club,” Vikki said. “I can’t wait until we go back and show off the world title.”

They first met through the professional pool circuit. Mark, 30, a former world pool champion, said a friend helped them exchange phone numbers before he finally found the courage to ask her out.

They got together in 2006 and she left Ipswich to move in with the so-called ‘Jester from Leicester’ two years later.

In 2010, Mark proposed to her on a gondola in Venice. They tied the knot in Cancun, Mexico, a year later.

He said: “Winning the world title for the first time was a fantastic feeling and achievement, and to be expecting our first child in the same year is a dream come true.”

The couple now have an extra £300,000. But judging by their recent past, they will most likely remain grounded.

When Mark won the Masters in 2008, he asked Vikki what she would like with an extra £150,000 in the bank. ‘A £28 lamp’ came the reply.

1 comment

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Aerial shots of Ipswich Waterfront - courtesy of www.skycameast.co.uk

A deer that was trapped underneath a wooden structure near Ipswich Waterfront tonight has been rescued.

Zena Gravener, with Patrick Last, reignites her battle with Suffolk County Council over a

A 73-year-old woman has reignited a campaign to push Suffolk County Council (SCC) into cutting back a “dangerous” grass verge near her home.

The A14 near Stowupland

A crash involving two vehicles blocked the eastbound A14 at Stowmarket earlier this afternoon.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train at Colchester

A number of trains – starting with the 16.00 Colchester Town to Colchester – have been terminated or cancelled this afternoon due to a member of train crew being unavailable.

Trail makers are needed to keep an eye on the pigs during the summer months

Friendly faces are needed to greet visitors to Ipswich this summer and ensure the interactive Pigs Gone Wild trail is a success.

Firefighters from Colchester were called to a blaze on a boat.

Two fire crews from Colchester were called to a boat moored on the quay in the town after reports of a fire on Saturday morning.

Clacton lifeboat was launched during the drama at the pier.

All four emergency services were called to a drama on Clacton Pier on Friday afternoon when someone was seen sitting on the wrong side of the fence.

The site earmarked for 175 homes in Stowupland.

The approval of 175 homes on the edge of a Suffolk village has prompted fears that planning shortfalls highlighted in the decision could leave more communities at risk from “predatory” applications.

Mark Newton has been appointed the new chairman of Suffolk Coastal District Council

A district council has appointed its new chairman.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24