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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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I’m A Celebrity...star is heading to Workington

Some of the biggest names in the darts world are coming to Workington this spring.

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DARTS STARS: John Lowe, left, and Eric Bristow

They include former darts world champion Eric Bristow, a star of TV’s recent I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

The April 21 event at The Royal British Legion, St John’s Court, will also feature former world championship winners Keith Deller, John Lowe and Dennis Priestley.

It is part of a World Champions of Darts Tour.

The four champs hold 11 world darts titles between them.

They will go head-to-head against each other and audience members will be in with a chance to play against them.

Top darts referee Russ Bray will compere the event.

Ben Nicholson, 19, of Ling Beck Park, Seaton, has organised it through his role as the Cumbria representative for Vertex Sports Events, which holds darts exhibitions across the country.

Ben said: “I don’t think there has been an exhibition this big in Cumbria. It’s four champions in one night.”

He added that if it goes well he hopes to do it every year.

The exhibition was down to a chance Facebook message posted by Ben on a darts events page.

He asked Colin Stuckey, owner of Vertex Sports Events, based in Devon, whether any exhibitions were coming to Cumbria and Mr Stuckey asked if he would like to get involved in organising one.

Ben chose the Royal British Legion for the venue because he plays for two of the legion’s darts teams.

Raffles will be held on the day for people to win a chance to play the stars. There will also be an auction, with one prize allowing the highest bidder to play in the final game against an opponent of his choice.

All money raised will go to the Stroke Association and Armed Forces Day.

Ben said he wanted to raise money for the Stroke Association in memory of Ben Curtis, the former legion darts captain who died of a stroke last year.

The Armed Forces Day in Workington is also organised by the legion every year.

Tickets cost £20 and there will be 180 available. Timings and where tickets can be purchased are expected to be announced at the end of this month.

Updates will be posted on the World Champions of Darts Tour – Workington Royal British Legion Facebook page.

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