Pub Counts on a great night with darts champ Hankey

Ted Hankey in action against Martin Adams in the quarter-final match'during the Lakeside World Championship, Frimley Green, Friday January 7, 2005. See PA story DARTS Frimley Green. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Sean Demspey/PA.
Ted Hankey in action against Martin Adams in the quarter-final match'during the Lakeside World Championship, Frimley Green, Friday January 7, 2005. See PA story DARTS Frimley Green. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Sean Demspey/PA.
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WHITBY’S darts players can sink their teeth into the ultimate challenge when they get the chance to take on two-time world champion Ted “The Count” Hankey.

Starting from this Wednesday (11 Jan), a series of six weekly darts play-offs take place at the Little Angel pub in Flowergate, with the winner and runner-upof each going through to the final where they will take on England ace Hankey, on Sunday 19 February.

Don’t despair if you’re not so hot with the arrows - people will also be offered the chance to win games against Hankey via a raffle and auction.

Hankey (43) won the BDO World Darts Championship at Lakeside in 2000, whitewashing Ronnie Baxter 6-0 and in 2009, edged out “the Silverback” Tony O’Shea in a 7-6 thriller.

Nicknamed The Count, Hankey built up a large following due to his obsession with and resemblance to Dracula.

His entrance is typically marked by him wearing a black cape and throwing rubber bats into the crowd.

Anyone interested in taking part in the darts matches can pay a £3 entry fee and all money raised will go the RNLI. Collection buckets will go round on the night.

A camera will be set up by the dartboard to screen the action to punters in all parts of the pub.

The fun is due to begin around 8pm and anyone can turn up to watch.

To enter the darts play-offs call the Little Angel on (01947) 820475.