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Cornwall's Blind Darts Team In Action

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:51pm 23rd October 2014. (Updated at 3:18pm 23rd October 2014)

Britain's first blind darts team are from Cornwall.

The Optimists play at The Dolphin Pub in Grampound.

They use a piece of string to work out where the board is.

The team admit they have put a few holes in the wall.

Fans call them "the only team who take a tub of Polyfilla with them."

They are aiming to score as many points as possible in a fundraiser for charity.

Richard Pryor came up with the idea, he says it's about more than just hitting the bulls eye.

He said: "We were just messing around and one day I said come on let's have a go at darts, and Joe set us up with the bits of string and darts and we just had a bit of a throw around, the idea is just to be able to say you can lead a normal life, you can even play darts if you want to.

"You have to think about what you can do rather than what you can't do, and when a sighted person loses their sight they make all sorts of assumptions about blind people, like a blind man tapping his way down the wall in Treasure Island, and of course it's not like that at all."

Landlady Donna remembers when they first asked to play, she said: "He said is there any chance we can have a game of darts, I thought he was joking to start with but he wasn't, I asked him what he needed and he just said a piece of string attached to the board, it was quite amusing.

"It was very strange to see them doing it, especially the people who know Richard because we know he is totally blind, so to see someone standing here with darts taking aim, it is kind of strange."

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