A Tayside darts player paid an emotional tribute to his late friend after crashing out of the prestigious World Championship.
Paul Coughlin, from Dundee, said his “best friend” David Ellis was with him in spirit at the BDO World Championship.
David, who was from Monifieth, lost his short battle with cancer and was laid to rest just days before Paul travelled to Surrey to compete.
The 48-year-old latterly travelled across Europe to support his close friend Paul’s bid to reach the tournament.
Paul managed to rack up enough points to qualify but, sadly, David died before he was able to fulfil his dream of watching his friend compete on the famous Lakeside stage.
Paul walked on stage on Sunday with David’s name on his shirt and he also used his pal’s darts during his showdown with his Czech opponent.
After his defeat, Paul took to Facebook to send a message to his fans.
He said: “First and foremost I would like to thank Dave Ellis. Not only were you my best friend but you were my support and trusted travel companion.
“Without you, this weekend would have only been a pipe dream. This was all for you, big man.”
Paul also praised his sponsors, his supporters back home and his wife for her “amazing support, understanding and encouragement” during the last 18 months.
He concluded: “I know the results never went our way but, rest assured, you haven’t heard the last of me.”