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Life of Riley

PUBLISHED: 02:43 11 June 2003 | UPDATED: 13:59 03 March 2010

CRAIG Whiting and Jodie Turner will always be grateful to the snooker hall where they met for the life of Riley.

A romance which blossomed over the green baize has now ended with the arrival of their first child.

CRAIG Whiting and Jodie Turner will always be grateful to the snooker hall where they met for the life of Riley.

A romance which blossomed over the green baize has now ended with the arrival of their first child.

Riley Michael Whiting is a permanent reminder of the day when his parents Craig Whiting and Jodie Turner first set eyes on each other at the Riley Snooker and Pool Club 18 months ago.

Miss Turner had just left her job at the Liquid nightclub to start working full time at the building in Princes Street, Ipswich.

Mr Whiting worked at Tolway Fixings, on Ransomes Europark, during the daytime and had a part-time job at the club in the evenings, where he is also a keen snooker player

After a whirlwind romance the couple got engaged on Miss Turner's 19th birthday, August 19, at their flat in Whitland Close in the town. The news of her pregnancy came a couple months later on the October 9 and that night she told her boss during a ladies night at the club.

However Riley did not arrive right on cue. He was born six-weeks prematurely at Ipswich Hospital on May 1.

The tiny baby weighed only 3lbs 9ozs and had to spend the first couple of weeks of his life in the hospital's special care unit.

Miss Turner said: "No one knew we were going to name him after the club as we kept it a secret. Craig thought of the idea but I wasn't so sure at first. I was worried he would have the mickey taken out of him when he grows up – especially if I'm still working here.

"However my mum convinced me it would be special to name him after the place where we met as it was such a significant time for us. If it wasn't for the club we may never have met."

Nigel Bett, the manager of the club, said: "I felt very proud when I heard the news. It's really sweet and a nice surprise because she had never mentioned giving the club such an honour."

"It's nice to know Jodie enjoys working here so much to go to that extent. The managing director met Jodie during his last visit so I emailed him with the news and he was also very chuffed."

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