The Wyndham Arms, Dinton, sponsored the first-ever Darts festival at Dinton Village Hall on April 7.

The event followed last year’s Wyndham Arms Darts Exhibition with Wyndham Darts team vs Scotty Dogg.

A total of £689 was raised for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, a charity close to the heart of the Wyndham Arm’s publicans Paul and Mary Gibbens.

The fundraising evening included a raffle and an auction to play against Scotty Dogg and Bob Anderson, plus the chance to bid for the dartboard used on the evening and signed by both stars.

Mary said: “Everybody really enjoyed the evening. The event was a near sell- out with just under 150 tickets, exceeding our expectations. It was an evening that will live long in the memory.

“A big thank you must go to everyone who helped raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. You never know when you might need them! We will be back next year, bigger and better: watch this space.”

Scotty Dogg returned to Dinton for a second consecutive year. This time, he brought his dart exhibitionist friend and former world champion Bob Anderson.

Scott said: “I was really happy to be asked back, as there is something special about the community around Dinton and the Wyndham Arms. They treat me like one of their own.

“There was some excellent crowd banter: it was great to be back in Dinton. I really enjoy playing exhibition matches with Bob Anderson the former World Champion.

“He was at the first-ever exhibition match I won, and he said then I had a great throw and great potential. Maybe he knows what he’s talking about.

“I really hope to be back soon. I will always make time for the village of Dinton and the people from the Wyndham Arms. Mary’s famous coffee and walnut cake was the highlight of my evening!”

Photo: Isaac Thomson

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