North East darts commentator Sid Waddell's funeral takes place today

Sid Waddell
World of darts remembers Northumberland-born commentator Sid Waddell Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

The world of darts is remembering Northumberland-born commentator Sid Waddell as his friends and family gather for his funeral.

Waddell died earlier this month at the age of 72 following a battle against bowel cancer.

He was one of the most recognisable figures in the sport, famed for his unique one-liners delivered in his trademark north-east accent.

Born in Alnwick and raised in Lynemouth, he won a scholarship to Cambridge. His media career began at ITV, moving in 1972 to Yorkshire Television, where he produced Calendar and put darts on screen for the first time with the creation of The Indoor League.

Waddell was known for his colourful and excitable commentary style, with his best-known lines including "There's only one word for it - magic darts".

He also noted while watching Eric Bristow become world champion: "When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer ... Bristow's only 27."

After his death, past and present players said he was a legend of the game. Three-time world champion John Lowe said on Twitter: "Darts has lost its champion of the commentary box, Sid Waddell, sincere condolences to his family, good bye dear friend."

Long-term colleague Dave Clark tearfully told Sky Sports News: "He was a brilliant man, a genius of the microphone - I'm going to miss my old mate, that's for sure. He had a child-like exuberance, he'd be bouncing round like a young puppy in the commentary box, and mix that with the intellect of Einstein."

Waddell also had 11 books published, ghosted 13-time PDC world champion Phil Taylor's autobiography The Power and wrote the sport-based BBC children's programmes Jossy's Giants and Sloggers, receiving a nomination for best scriptwriter from the Writers' Guild of Great Britain for the latter.

His funeral takes place at Pudsey Parish Church, Leeds.