Good Darts!

These gentlemen may not have been contenders for "Sportsman of the Year" awards,  but they were champions in their own right, although one of them didn't have very far to throw if he leaned forward!  They were a very successful darts team from Western Division and the photo was taken circa 1980 at the Somerset Police Mess.  We believe we've been able to correctly identify everyone in the two photos except the man who is partially hidden behnd "Big Mike" in Photo.  Their names are listed below.  We are not sure of thr exact date but we know that Dave Barber was transferred to Western Division in September 1980 as a Detective Sergeant, and became OIC Western at the same time.  We also know first-hand from Dave that he was promoted to Inspector OIC Western by then Commissioner L.M.  "Nobby" Clark on Christmas Day, possibly the only promotion ever made on 25th December in the history of the Bermuda Police!

Western Division Darts Team Champions
(l-r)  "Big" Mike Parris, Keith Midgeley (H.M. Prison Service), Peter Counsell, Dave Barber, and Gerry Lyons

Photo 2 
"Big" Mike receives trophy from Dave Brooks
(l-r)  Dave Barber, Louis Griffiths, Mike Parris (unknown partially hidden)  Ken Gordon (male nurse at H.M. Prisons)
John Lunn (Chief Petty Officer at HMS Malabar) and Dave Brooks presenting awards

14th December 2014

We heard separately  from both Gerry Lyons and Dave Barber today who have cleared up most, if not all of our queries.

Everyone is in agreement that those in Photo 1 (l-r) are “Big” Mike Parris, Keith Midgeley (then a Prison Officer), Pete Counsell, Dave Barber and  Gerry Lyons.

Regarding Photo 2,  Gerry confirms that it is Louis Griffiths next to the bar, and the guy in the corner is Ken Gordon who was a male nurse in Her Majesty’s Prisons.  Gerry says the guy presenting the prize to Big Mike is Ken Gordon, and he thinks the tall guy with glasses between Mike and Ken Gordon is Steve Shaw but he’s not 100% certain.

Dave Barber confirms that Dave Brooks is presenting to Mike Parris,  that the guy in the far right corner is Ken Gordon, and he identifies the tall guy with glasses as John Lunn, Chief Petty Officer at HMS Malabar. 

I think it’s fair to say that no one was certain whether this was Peter Shaw, Steve Shaw, or someone else.  We believe that Dave is correct – and who better to know who would be frequenting the Somerset Police Mess!

Thanks Dave and Gerry.

Perhaps we should invite final comments about whether or not these were actually good darts players!


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#13 Dot. Midgley 2014-12-21 03:35
I have been reading the comments about the darts presentations. It was held at the Police club in Boaz Island.

Editors note - Many thanks Midge. Would you be able to tell us what compeition it was? My daughter wants to know if you will be doing a Bermuda Christmas Dinner withy all the trimmings this year. She has fond memories of her time with you in Derby and knows you are a traditional Bermudian at heart! Wishing you both all the very best for the Festive Season.
#12 Terry 2014-12-15 17:30
Well who better to know than Dave Barber.
Like I said previous...anyo ne see Louis Griffiths.

Plus where was these photo's taken.

Just a few questions unanswered for others and me.

Ho Ho.
#11 Davie Kerr 2014-12-12 11:24
Pic 1, from L:- Mike Parris, Keith Midgeley (Prison Officer), Pete Counsell, Dave Barber, Gerry Lyons.
Can't add anything useful to Pic 2.
#10 Terry 2014-12-11 15:10
Quoting Moby:
Its not Pete 'Shag' Shaw, its Steve Shaw.

Put your glasses on Moby.......
No way is that Steve Shaw.

Looks similar to Peter "Shag" but I don't think it is even him.
Could be wrong but there was a Prison Officer whom looked similar.

#9 Moby 2014-12-10 19:59
Its not Pete 'Shag' Shaw, its Steve Shaw.
#8 Terry 2014-12-10 11:48
So which club was it held at?
Here is a clue.

Non Mariners frequent this place......... :-*
#7 Moby 2014-12-09 18:31
Pic 2, I'm not sure its Ben lounging against the bar, looks like Louis Griffith to me. I think the guy making the presentation is David Brookes? He was Ron & Charlotte Beech's Best Man.The dark haired guy in the doorframe was a long serving prison officer if I remember rightly. The info is still in storage, its the retrieval system that's the problem!!

Editors note - Keith Midgley who attended the reunion in the UK this summer with his wife Dot.
#6 Don Urquhart 2014-12-09 17:49
Dave may be right, at first I thought it was Bob Hay, he was PRC Manager for a while but I don't recognise it as the Prospect Club. Shag is so tall he must have been bending over and did he wear glasses? Don U, Sydney.
#5 Terry 2014-12-09 17:46
You see Louis Griffiths anywhere Dave O.? ;-)
Looks like Dot Midgleys husband between Mike and Peter.
#4 Terry 2014-12-09 17:41
[quote name="Dave O Meara"]Hola, what happened to Terry!!! Never this slow.

When I posted there were no posts.
Just depends on when Roger posts them.
Check the times on the posts Dave.

Editors note - I don't post entries immediately but usually check the website at least a couple of times each day and then post once entries have been vetted. On this occasion I received Dave's post about 3 hours before hearing from Terry.

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