Organiser Caroline La Touche has welcomed a large entry of 60 men and 24 women for the annual highlight of the Bailiwick darts calendar, which runs from today until Saturday.
‘It’s completely full – we have got no space for anybody else,’ she said.
‘We’ve had a really good response. We have got people from Middlesbrough, London, probably other places, Alderney, Jersey and Guernsey.’
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Women’s Classic champion Debbie Hamon and Open winner Jo Ellis are also making their returns.
There will also be a three-a-side competition on the Friday and lottery pairs with a difference on opening night today, as the winner will receive a trophy commemorating Herm pub landlady Rachel Tracey, who died last November.
‘We’ve got a trophy because we thought it would be a nice gesture,’ La Touche added.
The event is ever-growing – La Touche anticipates it may sell out early next year – and will once again welcome Darts World writer Roger Spencer for a more prestigious feel.