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Darts champion loyal to pub team
By Natalie Grice
BBC Wales News website

Mark Webster
Mark Webster celebrates his victory on Sunday night
Monday nights would usually find Mark Webster turning out for his pub team in the Denbigh winter darts league.

However all games in the league have been cancelled this week, following the little matter of him becoming the new British Darts Organisation world champion.

The 24-year-old trainee plumber will instead be displaying his trophy for the media and his legion of fans (and team-mates) in his local instead.

At the Golden Lion pub in the north Wales town, landlady Eileen Drysdale described how she had watched the unassuming new darting supremo's rise from a rookie teenage player to Sunday's victory at the Lakeside in Surrey.

During that time, despite his wins becoming more prestigious, he has stayed faithful to his roots and played for the pub team every week.

Pub-goers celebrate
Pub-goers celebrate back in Denbigh

Mrs Drysdale said: "He's played darts for me in the league since he was 17. He's a lovely lad. He's well-mannered, he's a good guy."

"He's not big-headed, even though he's won loads of competitions."

In keeping with his reputation, Webster is keeping his feet firmly on the ground as he contemplates his 85,000 win and what the future might hold.

Speaking about Sunday's victory, he told BBC Wales: "It's the best feeling ever. I still can't believe it. I've had a night's sleep and I think it's sort of sinking in a bit more, but it'll still take a while.

Mark Webster
Darts is everything to me. I love it, I enjoy it
Mark Webster

He has still not decided what to do with the money.

But in the measured manner which he is approaching everything to do with his win, he will take advice on the best thing to do with it, seemingly resisting the temptation to have a blow-out on fast cars or the like.

He is also having a long, hard think about where to go next following his win, and whether he can, or should, make a living full-time from darts.

Limelight

"I'm not a professional. I'll have to sit down and think about it and then see what's best for me," he said.

"You can be [a darts professional] but it's difficult to be honest. I'll probably just continue what I've been doing.

However he added: "There's a temptation because darts is everything to me. I love it, I enjoy it."

At the moment, he is still letting the fact of his world champion title sink in, and staying grounded. "With it just being a day at the moment, I'm not finding that difficult!

"I've got to keep myself straight and then I should be ok and do the right thing."

For the time being, that means stepping out of the limelight to return to college on Tuesday and the down-to-earth world of plumbing.

Whether that is where his future lies remains to be seen.

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