Seven times World Champion Stephen Hendry will unpack his cue as with him 7 other Snooker legends take to the baize to try to relive the glory of victory of the past. Along with the eight legends of the game, are four qualifiers, who have over the past couple of months fought hard to book their spots against the legends.

These qualifiers began in Newbury and ended in Ireland with former professional Peter Lines claiming a spot. Lines is favourite of the qualifiers as he is match fit and - last year in the UK Championship claimed a terrific win over Neil Robertson - so Lines is capable of beating anybody on the day.

The Amateurs

The other three include amateurs regularly competing on the amateur snooker circuit around the UK and wider world. These include Jonathan Bagley, Aiden Owens, and Patrick Wallace. Stephen Hendry will be joined by legends Cliff Thorburn, Dennis Taylor, Tony Knowles, John Parrott, Patsy Fagan and Joe Johnson ready to dust down their cues for play from the 22nd March.

The winner of the event pockets a first prize of £10,000 and a spot in the World Championship qualifiers at Ponds Forge next month, where they have to win three best of 19 matches to qualify for the Crucible.

There's also £500 for the high break prize.

It could be an iconic return for the seven times World Champion Hendry, or, even a blast back to the distant past for any of the other seven legends should one of them be the victor.

The matches will be best of fives, with the final a best of seven frame affair with a decider if required being a re-spotted black ball frame. The tournament comes on the back of a World Seniors tournament originally set up by World Snooker, but now in the capable hands of the founder of the Snooker Legends tour and Jason Francis.

Mark Davis, who won the last World Seniors under the World Snooker format isn't allowed to enter because he is a professional currently on the main tour, and this event was solely for amateurs over 40 not holding a pro tour card.

The first match tomorrow begins with the 1986 World Champion Joe Johnson, 64, playing the qualifier Patrick Wallace Patsy Fagan, 1977 UK Champion, although it wasn't a ranking event in those days, also kicks off Wednesday playing the second qualifier Peter Lines.

It will be interesting to follow how Hendry does in this, and what state his game is in, but as Ronnie O'Sullivan once commented: "Form is temporary, class is permanent." I'm expecting Hendry's class to shine through in this event.

Other legends were invited, such as Steve Davis, but they declined the offer. Hendry retired in 2012, and Davis only but packed away his cue last year as a professional - having a lap of honour at the Crucible. On the main tour, only Thailand's James Wattana receives an invitational card as both Hendry and Davis retired.

Watch Stephen Hendry's 11th maximum in 2012, before he retired, below...