States funding refusal puts Darts Festival in doubt

The Jersey Darts Festival may not return in 2017 due to a shortage of funding

DARTS fans in the Island may have seen the last of the Jersey Darts Festival.

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.

Miller said: ‘The JDO and I are gutted that we are being forced into this decision [to cancel], after all the work we have put in to make this one of the most popular festivals on the calendar.

‘In refusing our application it was also cited [by the TDF panel] there was no formal business plan accompanying the application. While that was true, we did have four years of successful festivals to quote, not to mention 26 years of other sporting events.'

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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