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Darts goes down a treat at Forres Town Hall with legends Bobby George, Keith Deller, Bob Anderson and John Lowe MBE

By Jonathan Clark

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FOUR of darts' all-time greats gave an enthusiastic Forres crowd a night to remember on Friday night.

The Legends Event at Forres Town Hall attracted a good crowd.
The Legends Event at Forres Town Hall attracted a good crowd.

Former world champions Keith Deller, John Lowe MBE and Bob Anderson, along with the flamboyant crowd-favourite Bobby George, entertained the crowd for around four hours at Forres Town Hall.

The quartet played six games each against punters, with Bobby George walking around the entire room to meet, greet and high-five every man, woman and child in attendance before hitting the stage.

While the legends – by their own admission – aren't playing anywhere near the standard they were in their heyday, there were some good darts thrown – particularly from Keith Deller, who checked out 118 and 92.

As well as the darts, there was a raffle and an auction on the night – which helped raise thousands of pounds for local good causes.

Organiser John Morrison, who stays in Forres, was delighted with what was his debut event and hopes he can bring more to the town in future.

"I'm quite emotional because it was a great night and everybody loved it," he said.

"For me, it's about bringing stuff to Forres and bringing these legends to Forres. It's about the hall and the community.

"I gave away a lot of free tickets. We raised a lot of money for charity Inspiring Darts and they loved their night.

"I'd love to bring similar exhibitions to this area because it's something I love doing and for the community of Forres it's great."

The four legends – who stayed in the Carlton Hotel – enjoyed their night and the hospitality on show.

Keith Deller, who works for Sky Sports currently, said: "It was great to play with three of my good mates and great rivals.

"It was great fun, it's all about meeting people and I think people enjoyed it.

"I didn't know where Forres was, but the people here are fantastic and I mean that. They are lovely people and they really made us feel welcome.

"We appreciate that people still want to come out and see us. People are coming to thank us for what we did for the game so we really appreciate that."

Bobby George, known as the king of bling, added: "It doesn't matter where I go in the world, I go on stage and see a dart board. But it's the people that make it, not where you are.

"It was a fun night. We are four oldies, we have had our day, so we just enjoy it.

"We can't play how we did, obviously, but it's a night out. I enjoy the crack and the people."

Bob Anderson, who was last to leave stage after losing to 14-year-old up-and-comer Liam Miller, said: "It was a lot of fun, which is what it's intended to be.

"When you get to my age you have to have a bit of fun.

"I had a walk around the town earlier and had a couple of lovely meals. It's been a super place to be.

"We have had a great time, we've been looked after royally with typical north-east Scotland hospitality and we couldn't have asked for me. It was wonderful."

John Lowe MBE, who hit the first ever televised nine-dart leg, added: "I found the whole night brilliant. The people of Forres are very welcoming and they enjoyed the night."

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