Kirrie hosts two darts superstars

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TWO of the biggest names in the world of darts will be in Kirriemuir this Friday.

Dutch born Raymond van Barneveld, five times World Darts champion, will face Scotland’s top ranked player Gary Anderson in a head-to-head in front of a capacity crowd at Kirrie Town Hall, from 7.30 pm.

“We will have around 250 people in the hall on the night, including twenty tables of ten in the main hall and VIP guests,” explains event organiser Jim Glendinning of the Roods Bar in Kirriemuir.

In addition to the eagerly awaited match between the two leading lights, there will be an opportunity for 16 local darts players to pit their skills against the best.

A series of qualifying heats have taken place in the Roods Bar on Saturdays in the lead-up to the main event.

Those who have won through will learn on the night which of the two top players they will play in a challenge game on stage.

Jim Glendinning is delighted with the way the event is coming together, and explains that only a limited number of balcony tickets remain available.

They can be snapped up at £25 a pop by calling in to the Roods Bar before Friday.

On the night, the action will get underway from 8 pm, when eight players will be drawn from the qualifiers to play Raymond van Barneveld and the other eight will be drawn to take on Gary Anderson.

Then the main event will see Raymond and Gary face each other over a set number of matches.

During the evening there will be an opportunity for members of the company to meet the darts stars, have their photographs taken with them and also secure souvenir autographs.

A raffle will be drawn and there will be an auction of memorabilia, with the proceeds being split between three local youth organisations, the Girl Guides, the Scouts and the Boys’ Brigade.

It promises to be a great night for all those who enjoy their darts - with the evening’s main sponsors being Colin M. Smith.