Top darts tournament heading for Fleetwood
Published on Friday 18th March 2011
Fleetwood's Marine Hall has stepped up to the oche and scored a top darts tournament.
Big hitters from the hugely popular sport will grace the stage on 9 and 10 April for the 2011 BDO British Internationals, the longest running international team event in world darts.
Three times world champion Martin Adams and Scott Waites, the current Grand Slam of Darts titleholder, are among the famous faces in action during the weekend.
With teams from England, Scotland and Wales competing for home pride, visitors can also look forward to some skilled arrows from nine times ladies world champion Trina Gulliver and Welsh captain Martin Phillips, who having played a record 109 times for his country is the world's most capped international.
Other stars include Tony O'Shea, John Walton, Ross Montgomery and Julie Gore. There is a single Lancashire entrant, Lisa Ashton from Bolton.
Traditionally held at the Lakeside in Surrey, the tournament is now in its 32nd year, but rarely ventures up north. It is at least 30 years since it was last held in Lancashire.
Thankfully, Tommy Thompson, chairman of the England Darts Organisation which is hosting this year's event, is a Fleetwood local and was able to persuade his colleagues that the Marine Hall was a perfect venue.
Councillor Lynne Bowen, Cabinet member with responsibility for Marine Hall at Wyre Council, said: "To attract a tournament of this calibre to the Marine Hall is a major boost to Fleetwood and shows the level of ambition the council has for the town.
"We are eagerly anticipating the increase in visitors and would encourage local businesses to take advantage."
Doors open at 10am and tickets are £10 per day or £15 for the whole weekend, available from the Marine Hall box office on 01253 887693 or online at http://www.englanddarts.co.uk/
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