AT 18 years old, Paul Jennings wandered into The Globe pub on the Headland.
He was there to watch dad, Lol, and his friends enjoy a game of darts.
A couple of pints and a few laughs later and Jennings thought “yeah, I’ll have a bit of this”.
And so began a 17-year journey which last week took him to the world stage, the BDO Championships at the famous Lakeside venue.
But that, insists the dad of three, is not his final destination.
Rather, at 35, this is the start of a new chapter in a story which already has its ending penned, at least in Jennings’ mind.
“This the start for me now,” he said.
“I’d only been on the BDO circuit for eight months, I’d won four majors and was seeded 12th going into last week – that’s an achievement in itself.
“But I wanted to win, I should have won.
“That’s my aim now, to be world champion in 12 months’ time.”
Read more about Paul Jenning’s amazing story, plus all the latest on the North East football scene, in today’s Sportmail.