Luke Humphries with World Darts trophy - pic by PDC

Cheshire East councillors have issued a call for new World Darts champion Luke Humphries to be given “Freedom of the Borough” after his momentous victory.

Humphries, who lives in the Shavington area with fiance Kayley, beat 16-year-old sensation Luke Littler in Wednesday’s epic final.

The 28-year-old, nicknamed “Cool Hand Luke”, has enjoyed a flying start to 2024 on the oche as winning the world title has also seen him to rise to number one in the world rankings.

It was an all Cheshire final, with Littler hailing from Warrington, and was watched by millions around the globe.

Now Cheshire East Local Conservatives believe the achievement of Humphries should not go by unnoticed.

Cllr Rachel Bailey, of Audlem Ward, said: “His commitment has put both the local area and darts on the map.”

They are calling for Cheshire East to recognise his “super talent” by awarding him ‘Freedom of the Borough’.

Humphries was invited by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to Downing Street to formally recognise his achievement.

Humphries is also the reigning World Grand Prix champion, Grand Slam of Darts champion, and Players Championship Finals champion.

He won the 2019 PDC World Youth Championship.

(Image courtesy of PDC)


  1. It’s Luke Humphries being suggested as consideration of Freedom of the Borough, not Luke Littler. Go for it.

  2. Tom Edwards says:

    There are countless more worthy local folk lining up without reward, why is this 16yr old even being considered, after all he will no doubt leave the area, and the country even to develop his skill further afield, why award him in year one, most irregular, is that what an almost bankrupt Cheshire east feel is worth spending our money on? Epic fail really, just who are they trying to fool?

  3. Chris Moorhouse says:

    Ridiculous proposal. It shows the jumping on the band wagon mentality of elected Councillors. Get a grip of real needs of Cheshire East and sort them out.

  4. Tom Edwards says:

    so what is that going to cost? yet another treat organised on our council tax, no wonder we are broke

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