Kemnay darts exhibition night boost for flood victims

Left to right - Ross Montgomery, Graham Watson, John Henderson and Craig Robertson at Kemnay Village Hall.
Left to right - Ross Montgomery, Graham Watson, John Henderson and Craig Robertson at Kemnay Village Hall.

Kemnay man Graham Watson felt so moved by the events in early January which saw the flooding of houses and businesses in Kemnay, Kintore and Inverurie areas that he had to do something.

Graham, who works for Royal Mail in Inverurie, has been fundraising in the area since 2006 and has held annual darts competitions.

He arranged a darts and speed pool competition fun day in Forres at the end of January which raised £1020.

But Graham didn’t leave it there - he had started organising a darts exhibition for Inverurie Round Table’s fund set up to help people in the area affected by the floods.

On Friday, Huntly’s “The Highlander” John Henderson, Scottish captain Ross “The Boss” Montgomery and Aberdeen player and current Scottish Masters champion “Wheeler” Craig Robertson agreed to play against local people throughout the evening and raise as much money as possible for the flood victims.

It was a great night starting off with everyone being welcomed at the door of the village hall by members of Kintore Pipe Band.

Graham welcomed MC for the evening Elaine Kearns, who then introduced the three players to the capacity crowd.

The darts got underway with the players playing lucky ticket holders from the audience and also sponsors of the event.

At half-time there was a raffle draw and auction which raised a large sum of money.

Two donated bottles of Houses of Parliament whisky, which were signed by Prime Minister David Cameron and the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, raised £3400 for flood victims.

The darts continued and again a good level was played not just by the professionals, but by the audience as well - not least by eight-year-old Harry Petrie who had been told he could play against the “Highlander” due to a generous donation to the fund.

At the end, Graham invited the players back on stage to thank them for supporting the community and people affected by the flooding.

He also thanked the main sponsor Alan Findlater, of Premier Coaches, for supporting the event and providing free bus travel from Aberdeen and Inverurie, the companies and individuals for their sponsorship and donations towards the raffle and auction, and those who attended on the night.

At the moment the grand total stands at £11,850 but there is more to come in as auction money has still to be collected and also the profits from the bar to be added to the total.

When all monies are in and counted, the total amount raised will published and the funds handed over to the Round Table to be distributed to the people affected by the flooding.