Welcome to the first, but hopefully not last, annual Bear Awards. We decided that if the Queen can have a New Year’s Honours List then we don’t see why we cannot have a New Year’s Bear List. The General Idea is to give some recognition to the people who have given us something during the last twelve months. They could have made us laugh, astonished us with facts, entertained us with a film – the scope of the Bear Awards is wide-ranging.
The Bears and I have always felt sorry for Lynn Higgins, the ex-wife of Alex Higgins who died last week. While no one denies Alex was the personality that launched Snooker into the big time, it was always Lynn who was left with the kids and had to pick up the pieces when drunken Alex got home. After reading an interview with her at the weekend it was nice to see that despite all she had been through, and indeed what Alex had been through while fighting cancer, there was still a great deal of love and respect there.
Today saw the funeral of Hero of The Bears, Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins. The service was lead by the Anglican Dean of Belfast, Dr Houston McKelvey who blamed the media for many of Alex’s problems. He said that most of Alex’s problems stemmed from the fact he became famous at a young age and found the fame difficult to deal with.
From time to time, The Bears award the title of Hero of the Bears to someone who we think has had a big impact on others in any way whatsoever. They maybe someone famous known the world over or some unsung hero who does something for others without any reward for themselves. The one thing you do need to become a Hero of the Bears is you have to be someone very special!
The Bears were devastated at the weekend to hear of the death of Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins. The former twice World Snooker Champion died from throat cancer after being a heavy smoker all his life. He was reportedly found dead in his flat in Belfast on Saturday morning after he failed to answer the door or his telephone.