Darts exhibition to feature professional stars of the future

Local Taxi firm and Brewing Co providing backing for Pro Darts Exhibition.
Local Taxi firm and Brewing Co providing backing for Pro Darts Exhibition.

Moray Darts Fans are being offered a glimpse of the future when professional darts is brought to the Elgin Town Hall next month – with eyes firmly set on raising funds for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

On the oche will be PDC professional Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith, a protégé of world champion Gary Anderson, alongside local boy Craig Quinn – who has been selected to represent Scotland in two international events already this year.

Michael Smith took up darts “out of boredom” when he broke his hip as a 15-year-old – and managed to score his first 180 standing with the support of crutches! He has risen through the ranks since, winning his first PDC event with a 6-5 win over Dave Chisnall in a UK Open qualifier.

Michael became a full time professional in 2012, making his debut at the world championships that same year. He reached the quarter final stage of the world championships earlier this year, just losing out in a thrilling match against Raymond van Barneveld.

Elgin part time professional Craig Quinn is employed by Johnstons of Elgin – and takes on competitions around the world, including the Romanian and Dutch opens this year.

The exhibition is the brainchild of RAF airman Stuart Smylie, who organised a similar event at the Lossiemouth Town Hall last year: “That was in support of Logan’s Fund and saw PDC professionals Robert Thornton and Huntly boy John Henderson make an appearance.

Ladies from the Mansion House Hotel will look after Darts
Ladies from the Mansion House Hotel where darts star Michael Smith will stay.

“I chose the RAF Benevolent Fund this year as it is a such a well-respected and supported charity in Moray – and as being in the RAF myself I understand and appreciate the great work and many ways the fund supports the RAF family serving and retired.

“I’m delighted that C&R Taxis came on board as our main sponsor for the event which is also being supported by Windswept Brewing Co, while the Mansion House Hotel & Country Club have very kindly provided accommodation for Michael and event support staff.”

The exhibition takes place on Sunday, August 28 at 7pm with tickets available at £25 for VIP access and £10 for standard access.

Stuart added: “We also have sponsorship opportunities for small local businesses who wish to show their support, including just £30 to have their logo on prominent signs at the event – and I would be grateful to local businesses who might wish to donate prizes for a raffle on the night.”

Tickets and further details can be obtained from Stuart on 07974 445776.