Some of the UK’s best-known darts stars will descend on Moray this weekend for a fundraising event.
Former World Masters champion Robert Thornton, Russian ace Anastasia Dobromyslova and north-east favourite John Henderson are aiming to hit the bullseye for the Logan’s Fund children’s cancer charity.
They will step up to the Oche for friendly contests against local pub players this evening at Lossiemouth Town Hall.
The event is the brainchild of local darts enthusiast Stuart Smylie, who was keen to support a worthy cause as part of his plans to bring the arrows heroes to the region.
Mr Smylie, who works as a weapons technician at RAF Lossiemouth and previously ran an entertainment agency, first staged a darts night in the town two years ago.
He said: “That gave us the know-how on how to arrange an event like this, and it will be good to see some of the area’s top players take on the professionals.
“Logan’s Fund is a charity that has a lot of respect in Lossiemouth, and that’s why we decided to dedicate the evening to raising funds for it.
“We are hoping to make this an annual event for the group.”
Logan’s Fund chairman Cameron Mackintosh said: “It’s great when people choose to do things like this for us, because that is what keeps us going and brings us to new audiences.”
During the evening players selected from pub teams in Moray will compete against the trio of professionals. Places are still available for people attending the evening to test their skills against the famous names.
Robert Thornton won the UK darts open in 2012 and the World Masters competition in 2007.
Ms Dobromyslova is a three-time women’s darts world champion of the British Darts Organisation.
Huntly’s John Henderson, known to fans as “Hendo”, is a popular regular on the north-east touring circuit and has competed in a number of top tournaments.
Tonight’s event will begin at 7pm and all proceeds will go to the Lossiemouth-based charityset up in memory of Logan Main, a three-year-old from the seaside town who died in 2009 as a result the aggressive children’s cancer neuroblastoma.