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Darts heroes new three-man show

PUBLISHED: 10:40 09 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:36 23 August 2010

CHAMPS: John Lowe, Bobby George and Eric Bristow.

CHAMPS: John Lowe, Bobby George and Eric Bristow.

THREE of the most famous names in darts met with pub regulars and fans before their sell out Legends of the Oche show, writes Ed Riley. Darts heroes John Lowe, Eric Bristow and Bobby George visited the Prince Albert pub in Wrotham Road, Gravesend, on F

THREE of the most famous names in darts met with pub regulars and fans before their sell out "Legends of the Oche" show, writes Ed Riley.

Darts heroes John Lowe, Eric Bristow and Bobby George visited the Prince Albert pub in Wrotham Road, Gravesend, on Friday.

The trio were appearing that night at the Woodville Halls, Windmill Street, Gravesend, to share their stories and darts skills with the audience.

But before the show all three made a surprise visit to the pub to throw a few arrows with some of their fans.

Five time world champion Eric Bristow, 51, nicknamed "The Crafty Cockney" told the Reporter: "We all love doing the show. We have done so many of them and the fans that come and watch us all seem to enjoy it.

"We try and get into the local pubs before we perform on stage, and it's a great opportunity for us to meet the fans."

The show, hosted by comedian Duncan Norvelle, was part of the Gravesend Reporter Spring Season at the Woodville Halls.

Darts fans at the Prince Albert block booked seats at the show to see their sporting heroes, and their newly formed pub team will join a darts league in September.

John Lowe, 63, who has won the World Championship three times said: "It's a different show, its darts, comedy, audience participation, it's a complete mixture.

"We have been playing to sell out audiences. Darts is a mega sport now, there is money there now. If you are a young lad or lady, what better is there to do, than get into Darts?"

Bobby George, 63, nicknamed "Bobby Dazzler" because of his many gold medallions and rings, added: "Doing things like this gives us a chance to meet our fans face to face. Without them you would be screwed.

"Darts is now more popular than ever - it was back in the '80s and it's now enjoying a resurgence, more and more youngsters are playing the game now, and that can only be a good thing."

Landlord of the pub Lee Ascot, who also went to watch the show, said: "It was great to have the three of them in the pub, all the regulars loved it.

"The show was really good value for money and a good laugh. It was a really good night all round."

ed.riley@archant.co.uk

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