Darts still as popular as ever

June 27 2018
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MORE than 20 teams are battling it out for honours on Tuesday nights in the Wells & District Darts League’s Summer League.

The Wells & District Darts League started more than 70 years ago and has been going strong ever since.

“We added a Summer League due to the fact that people were wanting it. The Summer League started in 1975,” said fixtures and results secretary Tom Gould.

Teams come from a radius of 10 miles from Wells, and span an area from Cheddar to Chewton Mendip, and Wookey Hole to Shepton Mallet.

The league’s base is The Venue in South Street, which is home to three teams – The Venue, Up and Downers and Top Cats – has six dartboards and is where the finals nights are held.

“The Venue is the home of Wells darts,” said league president Dave Carey, who has been playing darts for 61 years and been on the committee for 53 years.

Fellow committee member Pete Bridge has been playing for 62 years.

“A lot of it’s to do with the camaraderie,” said Dave, a member of The Venue team.

“A lot of us have been together 20 years now. Darts is still very popular, it’s still holding its own against other sports, and ours is a very well run darts league.”

At the moment the Winter League consists of two divisions and the Summer League has three divisions, but new teams are always welcome.

“We are always looking for new teams and players to join our amazing league,” said Tom.

“If you are interested please visit our Facebook page or email wellsddarts@gmail.com.”

Picture: Members of The Venue team before their league game against Up and Downers. League president Dave Carey, who has been playing for 61 years, is pictured second from right