Dennis ‘The Menace’ Priestley to help in Guinness World Record attempt
Two-time former world darts champion, Dennis ‘The Menace’ Priestley, will be helping a group of local darts players in their attempt to set a new Guinness World Record next month.
Priestley, who beat Eric Bristow to win his first world title and Phil Taylor to win his second, will be part of a squad of eight players who are raising money for Woodley based charity The Lend & Play Toy Library.
The current world record of 1,505 bullseyes in ten hours was set by several of the players taking part – Matty Wilson, Jonny Watson, Sean Kerry and Bryan Pidgeon – back in 2011. To raise money, the team has invited local companies to have their logos printed on the players’ shirts. Support so far has come from Gibbs & Dandy, Peppard Building Supplies, A1 Group, Worthy Group and Wokingham’s Double Top Darts Shop. Winmau, the world’s leading darts brand, is also supporting the attempt.
"We all play for local leagues in the Wokingham and Reading areas,” says Matty Wilson. "We know of several attempts to beat our record that have failed. Now we’re looking to raise the bar further still.”
In 2011, the players were assisted by another former world champion – Bob ‘The Limestone Cowboy’ Anderson. "Although Bob only threw for 20 minutes, his presence spurred us on and made us try that little bit harder. I’m sure Dennis will have the same effect,” says Matty.
To satisfy Guinness World Records, the players will need to follow a number of strict rules. Their attempt will have to be filmed at all times and observed by two independent witnesses. In addition, Bill Foot, chairman of the Berkshire branch of the British Darts Organisation (BDO), will be on hand to officiate.
"Our record attempt five years ago went right down to the wire,” says fellow record holder Jonny Watson. "It was incredibly tense as the 1,500th bullseye went in with only a minute or so to spare. I’m sure it will be every bit as close again this time around.”
The team’s record-breaking attempt takes place at Winnersh British Legion club on Sunday, September 18th. The doors open at 10.00am and admission for anyone who’d like to cheer the players on and meet Dennis Priestley is free. If you would like to make a donation to The Lend & Play Toy Library you can do so securely online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bullseyechallenge2016.