Local Postie Graham Watson hosted his seventh Annual Inverurie Charity Open Darts Competition last Saturday, in aid of Breast Cancer Care.
The Royal British Legion saw the best turn out of its history with 76 men and 26 ladies registered for their respective competitions.
Organiser, postie Graham Watson expressed delight that so many people came along to support such a worthy cause, given that it had been a “beautiful day”.
Craig Wilson “The Kilted Chef” from Eat On The Green had been invited to come along to say few words, as he is a great supporter of Breast Cancer Care, as well as other charities. In 2011, Craig cooked in all of Scotland’s cities in just one day to raise a massive £35,000 for charity. On the night, Craig donated ‘A Chef for a Day’ experience and also a champagne meal for two at Eat on the Green as Auction Prizes.
Sharon Leslie was beaten by a very worthy opponent, Lynne Shearer, in the ladies competition. Lynne took the £150 winners prize that Sharon Leslie had very generously donated for the ‘ladies’ to make sure it went ahead.
In the mens’, Jamie Bain from Aberdeen, managed to play his socks off and beat local man, Ian Hyde, in the final to claim the £250 winner’s prize.
Jamie made a clean sweep of the prizes as he shared a prize for the most 180’s with losing semi-finalist Allan Coutts. He also claimed the prize for the fastest leg 12 Darts, and to get that fastest leg he finished with the highest finishing score of 145. After generously handing back £100 of his prize money to the charity, he promised to come back to defend his title next year.
Raffles, sweeper cards, the auction and the entrance money resulted in grand total of £1,562 and with Royal Mail (Graham’s employers) contributing another £200, Breast Cancer Care will receive a total of £1,762.
Graham said:“ I am absolutely over the moon with how much was raised yesterday and I really am very grateful to everybody who puts in the effort to come along to help, watch or play darts on the day. Without them the day would not be such a success”
Graham said “I would like to thank all our sponsors for kindly donating the prize money, Gibbs for the use of the kilt and Craig for coming along to support the event as well as for the auction prizes. Additionally, I would like to thank the staff at the Royal British Legion for their hard work on the day. It wasn’t easy keeping everybody refreshed and fed on a hot day like Saturday. Roll on next year, when hopefully the competition will be bigger and better”