There are eight darts players in this picture, but how many relationships?
According to one reckoning there are 25 – two sisters, three brothers, two husbands, two wives, three brothers-in-law, four sisters-in-law, one mother, one daughter, one niece, three aunts and three uncles.
On looking at it another way there could be 56. Doug and Jack Bale each have two brothers, two sisters, a wife, a sister-in-law and a niece; Ted Bale has two brothers, two sisters, two sisters-in-law and a niece; Mrs Winnie Bailey has three brothers, a sister, two sisters-in-law and a niece; Mrs Henrietta Brennan has three brothers, a sister, two sisters-in-law and a daughter; Mrs Gillian Bale and Mrs Jean Bale each have a husband, two brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law and a niece; and Elizabeth Brennan has a mother, three uncles and three aunts.
Darts night at Appledore British Legion Club, for whom they all play, is certainly a family affair!
Jack, Doug and Ted all play for the Pensioners Appledore league side and the Wizards in the Bideford league. Ted is particularly well known for his single successes which have included winning the North Devon Blind championship 10 times in the past 11.
The women all play for the Blackbirds, currently heading Division 2 of the Bideford Ladies League.
Gazette article published 8 February 1974