States funding refusal puts Darts Festival in doubt

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Unless a sponsor can be found in the coming days, promoter Howard Miller will cancel the professional British Darts Organisation event – just four years after its resurrection.

Coupled with increased charges at its current venue at the Royal Hotel, Miller’s application for financial support from the Tourism Development Fund has been rejected.

Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham has since clarified the Fund’s position: ‘It’s a sensible but strict set of criteria because it is public money, after all.

‘After a submission has been made it goes to the Development Fund board, who consider its merit and whether it’s in line with the aims and objectives of the fund.’

Full story in Thursday’s JEP.

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