Media article - March 08 -

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Bull’s eye! Darts ace Bobby George is pledging his considerable talents and personality to support charities in Tendring.

The games’ greatest showman will be hosting a family fun night at Clacton’s Princes Theatre next month – with a chance to take him on at the oche.

All the proceeds raised on the night will be in aid of Tendring District Council Chairman Peter Balbirnie’s Chairman’s Charities.

Cllr Balbirnie first met up with Bobby at Clacton Leisure Centre last October when they both went along to Clacton Rotary Club’s leisure and hobbies exhibition.

The pair have since been in touch and Bobby – who lives in the 18-room George Hall he built for himself at Ardleigh – has agreed to star at the event to be staged on April 21 from 7.30pm to 11pm.

“I was very impressed with Bobby when I met him for the first time at the leisure centre,” said Cllr Balbirnie.

“He is a very genuine and down to earth bloke and I am absolutely delighted that he has agreed to help me boost fundraising for my charities. He is a very busy man and I grateful that he has managed to fit this night into his schedule.”

Bobby is probably the best player never to have won the World Professional Darts Championship but lifted a whole host of trophies during his career and was a real crowd-pleaser.

Now a renowned commentator working for the BBC he still pulls in the fans wherever he goes.

A Master builder by trade, Bobby only picked up a dart for the first time at the age of 30. He was runner-up in two World Professional Darts Championships – in 1980 and 1994 – and represented his country no less than 26 times. He was also News of the World Champion twice, in 1979 and 1986.

“It is a real coup to get Bobby to come to Clacton for this fundraiser and I am sure everyone will be in for a great night of fun,” added Cllr Balbirnie.

“We are looking for a large turnout of all ages and hope the event will be well-supported by local darts teams and leagues.”

Plans are under way for pub and club players to win a chance to take on Bobby George at the board on April 21 and they will get free entrance to the event. Otherwise it will be £5 for adults or free to children accompanied by an adult.

The Chairman’s Charities are the West Cliff Theatre, Princes Theatre Youth Trust, Shopmobility and local pre-schools.

Tickets for the fun night at the Princes Theatre will be available on 01255 686633 from March 12.



For further information on this press release contact Nigel Brown, Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager on 01255 686338.