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Ashbourne's Railway Tavern darters remember their big night

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

Good arrows ... the Railway Tavern's darts players, (back row) George Hickmott and John Lemon (front row) Ian Miller, Derek Botham and Reg Morton, with the Devonshire Cup in the early 1960s.

Good arrows ... the Railway Tavern's darts players, (back row) George Hickmott and John Lemon (front row) Ian Miller, Derek Botham and Reg Morton, with the Devonshire Cup in the early 1960s.

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THIS week we take a look at another successful darts team, following on from a recent picture we published of the players from the Greyhound pub in Kniveton.

Our photograph this time, of the Railway Tavern, in Ashbourne, comes courtesy of George Hickmott, of Derwent Gardens, who is pictured on the left, in the back row.

If the players look jubilant that is probably because they had just won big. It was the team's first attempt at the Devonshire Cup of the Derbyshire Darts Association, held at the working men's club in Grassmoor, near Chesterfield.

They were one of four teams playing and the only one representing Ashbourne. The local papers at the time reported an audience of "over 20 people" turning out to watch. It was, in the end, George Hickmott who secured Ashbourne's trophy, bringing his game to a swift end with a 113 finish, snatching victory from his opponent who only needed 55.

George has named all the people in the picture. In the back row, next to him, is John Lemon and in the front row, left to right, is Ian Miller, Derek Botham and Reg Morton.

George is not entirely sure on the date of the picture, and he wonders if any of Ashbourne News Telegraph readers might be able to confirm it. He believes the picture might have been taken in either 1960 or 1961. Can anyone help confirm this?

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