'Worlds biggest' team darts tournament won by Durham pub

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'Worlds biggest' team darts tournament won by Durham pub

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The 'biggest darts team competition in the world' concluded this weekend with Durham pub The Ash Tree claiming the coveted title.

The 2015 Punch Darts Festival saw the Spennymoor pub win £2,500 as well as a darts exhibition to be organised at the pub. They’ll also have the chance to play on-stage at a PDC event in 2016.

The darts festival ran exclusively for the Punch Taverns' licensees, aiming to increase footfall in the venues. 

The champions were one of 32 regional winning pub teams competing for the 2015 Punch Darts Classic Champions title. The pubco claims it's the biggest tournament of its kind in the world.

Categories included men’s and women’s singles, team competitions and a licensees challenge.

The Landlord’s Challenge saw 14 licensees compete. Winning pub The Brickmakers in Quarry Bank will have a PDC Darts Pro visit the pub to put on an exhibition for customers.

Preliminary stages took place in pubs, with regional winners qualifying for a chance at the £7,300 prize money provided by Punch.

Duncan Garrood, chief executive of Punch Taverns, said: “We are extremely proud of the success of our Darts Festival Weekend, which drives a huge amount of footfall for our partners, and demonstrates our commitment to providing them with support that makes their pub stand out from others.

“Darts is the most popular sport to be played in pubs and our event is proven to increase food and drink sales in pubs. To further demonstrate how popular this festival is, recruitment for the 2016 competition has already begun, with a large number of partners already signed up to take part.”  

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