Former world champion darts player Eric Bristow MBE was a special guest at Betfred in Aldershot as customers got to take him on in a darts challenge.

The Crafty Cockney was at the Wellington Street shop on Thursday (April 3) as the shop sought to get customers through the door ahead of the weekend's Grand National.

Mr Bristow was ranked the number one darts player in the world three times between 1980 and 1990 and won five world championships and five masters titles.

However, despite the cry of 'one hundred and eighty' being heard on a number of occasions, the retired 56-year-old was slightly rusty as several customers beat him in the challenge. Throwing nine darts they had to score more points than the former champion could with six.

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Customers queued to take part throughout the day and those that won were given a £5 free bet. There was also a buffet on offer.

Betfred area manager Paul Newman said Mr Bristow's visit had been to give trade at the shop a 'kick up the backside' after disappointing recent figures.

"The shop has not been performing as well as we would like, although we've made ground in the last few months," he said. "Eric's visit, coinciding with market day, certainly helped.

"It was a bit of fun and there was a good atmosphere in the shop."