Pub-hopping darts team calls for support for pubs

A pub-hopping darts team is backing the Evening News's Love Your Local campaign after finally finding a home – at their fifth pub.

The ladies' team says its league has noticeably shrunk in recent years – partly because of how many pubs having been closing down, including three of the venues where it used to play.

The team is now happily settled at The Angel Gardens, in Angel Road, but says its travelling tale also highlights how few traditional pubs there are that still support darts teams.

The team's oldest member Slyvia Norton, 75, from Burges Road, Mile Cross, said they used to play at the King's Arms in Mile Cross Road.

They then moved to the The Galley Hill pub in Drayton Road, which has also since closed its doors.

They then started playing for The Boundary in Aylsham Road, but when the then landlord left they ended up moving to James I in Drayton Road, which has also closed.

Thankfully, they found a new home at The Angel Gardens, where they continue to play on Wednesday evenings.

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Vicky Robinson, captain of the team, said she felt that pubs were either closing, or moving away from the traditional style of pub that supported darts teams.

She said: 'There are fewer teams because there are not as many pubs that do darts now.

'They seem to be closing or becoming something else.'

Ms Norton added: 'We are not champs, but we don't want to lose the pub we use now.'

Since launching our Love Your Local campaign two years ago, the Evening News has been highlighting what is great about the city's pubs and why people should pay them a visit. The message throughout has been to either 'use them or lose them'.

The Evening News has also launched the Norwich Pub of the Year Awards 2011.

All nomination forms should be completed and returned by post to David Bale, Pub of the Year 2011, Norwich Evening News, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE. Or, alternatively, hand them in at our Prospect House reception.

Forms can also be downloaded online at and emailed to Closing date for entries is Friday, April 22.

Do you have a story about a pub? Contact reporter David Bale on 01603 772429 or email