By Mark Williams
DARTS demon Colin Lloyd is set to light up the oche when he visits Bury St Edmunds pub The Bushel later today.
The former world number one will visit the popular venue for a third time - aiming to raise money towards a charity launched in memory of Thurston’s Sarah Applin, who died from swine flu in January.
Speaking to the Bury Free Press this week, Lloyd, who suffered from swine flu himself two years ago, said: “I am very happy to help out with anything like this.
“The Bushel and Bury St Edmunds itself are both nice and I am looking forward to it.
“I get a lot of these requests and I try and help out when I can.”
Thirty-seven-year-old Lloyd, nicknamed Jaws, won coveted World Grand Prix and World Matchplay titles in 2004 and 2005 respectively, and reached the World Championship semi-finals in 2002.
The popular Professional Darts Circuit player once recorded a perfect nine-dart finish at the Irish Masters in 2006 and completed the first-ever Premier League whitewash against Terry Jenkins a year later. He is expected to arrive at The Bushel at 9.30pm.
“He is a nice man as well as a great player of course,” said pub manager Pete Shaves this week.
“He is really popular with our regulars and that’s why he likes coming here – because everyone is so friendly with him. He is a good friend of ours.
“The idea is to raise as much money as possible in memory of Sarah – who was also a regular here.
Lloyd added: “Swine flus seems to be becoming a more regular thing and I just want to see as much money raised as possible. I will take my arrows and look forward to having a little tickle.”