In 2003, the City of York took advantage of the UK Championships to invite a former winner to turn on the Christmas lights. Unfortunately, during the countdown there was a critical power failure, meaning that the lights didn't come on after all.
Which hapless snooker superstar was left red-faced?
is the correct answer. Apparently, Parrott tried to fill the awkward silence with a few jokes until the lights came on a couple of minutes later. No doubt it felt like a couple of hours to the spectators.