Graham bows out with record amount

Graham (centre) pictured at the annual Inverurie Darts Competition with some of those who attended in fancy dress.
Graham (centre) pictured at the annual Inverurie Darts Competition with some of those who attended in fancy dress.

Renowned local fundraising postie Graham Watson has stood down as organiser of the highly successful annual Charity Darts Competition in Inverurie after ten years at the helm.

The 10th annual competition took place on Saturday, at the Hopeville Social Club, Inverurie, organised by Graham.

Supporting Breast Cancer Care, the event was sponsored by Argent Training, Garioch Kitchen, Castle Fraser Restaurant, Kemnay Autobody, Brian Riach, Ross Cook, Sharon Leslie, Shell Thomson and the Hopeville Social Club.

Graham thanked the sponsors saying: “Without their support the event wouldn’t have been able to carry on and raise as much funds for charity.”

Graham also thanked his wife Marlene for all her support not just for this event but all his fundraising events over the last ten years and also Gordon Strathdee for his help at the competition.

Graham then announced that he would be stepping down as organiser after 10 years, saying, “I have given this a lot of thought and have made the decision, after 10years of running this event, it is the right time to step down from organising the Inverurie Charity Darts Competition”

There were 45 entrants for the Men’s Competition and 23 for the Ladies Competition, and there were a lot more spectators this year who brought with them a great amount of enthusiasm, cheeringon all the players.

There was a Consolation Cup for first round losers, and two times winner of the Men’s Competition Craig “Wheeler” Robertson was the winner.

In the Ladies Competition previous winner Lynn Shearer edged out Louise Milne in the final to win her second title.

In the Mens’ Competition Derek Brand from Aberdeen was beaten to the post by Keith Robertson also from Aberdeen. Keith had made it to two finals in the past but had never won so it was fitting for him to win the 10th.

Lynn, Louise, Craig, Derek and Keith all handed back some of their winnings back to the charity and for this Graham is very grateful for their generosity.

As it was the 10th Anniversary Graham asked people to come along in Fancy Dress and quite a few of the entrants and spectators made a great effort. There was a cash prize for the best fancy dress and it was decided to give out a few extra prizes because of the effort put in. And once again the winner, Jonno Williamson from Turriff who had dressed as the Mask, handed back his prize to the charity!

The total raised on the day was £1,880 and with Graham’s employers Royal Mail adding another £200 the total that Breast Cancer Care will receive is £2,080. A record amount, and a very fitting way for Graham to bow out as organiser!

Graham again would like to pass on his thanks to everyone for their support and their best wishes received after announcing he is stepping down. However, Graham has said he is still going to be actively fundraising, but concentrating on other ideas.