PHOTO GALLERY: Professional darts player Tony O’Shea tours Skegness

Members of Skegness’ Ladbrokes Darts League had a day to remember as they had a merry time with a special guest from the world of professional darts.

League members embarked on a journey around local darts venues on the Tony O’Shea Fun Bus.

Skegness Darts League Chairman Chris Fletcher and guest Tony O'Shea.

Skegness Darts League Chairman Chris Fletcher and guest Tony O'Shea.

Members visited four pubs, with an exhibition by the man nicknamed Silverback at each one in the afternoon.

Tony is currently 13th in the British Darts Organisation rankings.

The exhibition started off at the Seaview in Skegness at midday, where he played a number of players, losing only to female opposition.

The group of darts enthusiasts then boarded the bus and headed for Wainfleet Social Club, where Tony played, amongst others, league stalwart John Rawlings, who was still dreaming of the 156 finish he hit in the singles some years ago.

Tony also took on Shaun Drury, and Tony said it was like looking in a mirror.

But poor old Shaun, who always brings the best out of the pros, was beaten with a magical 170 finish.

Hot beef and gammon rolls were provided before the group boarded the bus to Midville, where, at the Duke of Wellington, Tony played the oldest man still playing competitive darts, local legend, George Harness.

George is 97 years young and still playing in the Old Leake League.

Finally, the bus pulled up at the Marine Boathouse, where a free buffet was provided.

Tony played right up until 9pm, making it a very long but enjoyable day for the league members.

League chairman Chris Fletcher, master of ceremonies for the evening, was kept busy all day.

He said: “All in all a fantastic day was had and Tony was a fantastic sport all day, with nothing being too much trouble.”

The league now look forward to the next exhibition, at the Liberal Club on Friday, January 23.

O’Shea will return, bringing his pal and fellow professional Darryll Fitton along.

Another bus trip is planned for February 2015.