Spalding darts official Ian Tilley has just returned from his biggest refereeing gig to date.
The 56-year-old Spalding and District Darts Club member was invited to officiate at the Torremolinos Open and then had the honour of taking charge at the televised Gibraltar Open.
It was the biggest moment in five years of refereeing for Tilley and now he is setting his sights on officiating at the big one in BDO darts, the World Championships at Lakeside.
The Grade One official said: “Refereeing at the Gibraltar Open was my biggest tournament to date.
“It was televised live over there, although I wasn’t told that until 10 minutes before it got under way. Not that it made any difference as you don’t really pay any attention to the TV cameras.”
Tilley first began to make his mark as a referee when officiating at exhibition matches involving Deeping ace Martin Adams and he has hardly looked back since.
He added: “It’s nice to get recognition and be invited to referee a big televised event like this but Lakeside is the one I would love to officiate at.
“There are only so many Grade One officials in the country and they use four at Lakeside – but with it being a World Championship they use them from various countries so it’s just a case of waiting to get my break.”
Meanwhile, the Lamb and Flag in Whaplode will stage a darts exhibition featuring Colin ‘Jaws’ Lloyd on Saturday, August 16.
Play-off nights will be held with the winner of each night getting to play Lloyd.
The dates of the play-off nights are: Tuesday, April 8; Saturday, April 19; Saturday, May 3; Monday, May 5; Friday, May 16; Wedesday, June 4; Saturday, June 21; Saturday, July 5; Saturday, July 19.
All start at 8pm while a raffle board will also be held with the winner getting to play Lloyd.
For further information call the pub on 01406 371950.