Dutch darts star Co Stompe will fly in for an exhibition in Kettering next week to replace Ted ‘The Count’ Hankey.
Hankey had been due to take part in the exhibition at the Kettering General Hospital Social Club on Saturday, December 1 but he fell ill during the recent Grand Slam of Darts and it was later revealed he had suffered a stroke.
The unfortunate circumstance left Daz Sellars of DB Darts, who have organised the event, searching for a replacement at short notice.
And Stompe, who reached the quarter-finals of the PDC World Championship, World Matchplay and Grand Slam in 2010, answered the call.
Sellars said: “All I can say to people is that I am sorry for the inconvenience that has been caused by Ted Hankey’s ill health.
“It is an unfortunate situation but thankfully Co is going to fly in and the evening will be going ahead as normal with the same format.”
VIP tickets for the event have already sold out but some standard tickets are still available.
On the evening, a raffle will take place that will give 15 people from the audience the chance to play Stompe as well as choose their own walk-on music.
Doors open for VIP ticket holders at 7pm while standard ticket holders will be allowed in from 8pm.
Anyone who would like to purchase tickets for the event can contact Daz Sellars on 07842 219137.