Cromer darts players celebrate half century of helping St John Ambulance

Darts players from north Norfolk who have helped raise thousands of pounds for St John Ambulance over the last half century are being invited to a celebration evening.

Cromer St John Ambulance Darts League will mark its 50th anniversary with a blind pairs darts match, buffet and 'chin wag' on Tuesday April 26.

Organisers hope past members will join current players for the event, at Cromer Social Club. Registration is at 7.30pm, for a 7.45pm start.

The league, involving local pubs and clubs, was started in 1960-1961 at The Foundry Arms in Northrepps by Peter Munday who wanted to help a good cause and knew members of Cromer St John Ambulance (SJA).

Over the decades matches have raised between �15,000 and �20,000 for the Cromer SJA division and the cash has been used to buy items including radios, resuscitation dolls, high-visibility jackets and has also helped towards the cost of a defibrillator.

The grand final, once held in Cromer's Roller Ball Stadium, is currently held in Cromer Social Club.

Val Saunders, divisional manager with Cromer SJA, said all divisions had to do their own fund raising for uniforms, resources, training and first-aid materials and the support of the league had been fantastic.

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The league currently has 13 teams, each with 10 players.