Our thanks to Sean for this. An extract:
World number one Michael van Gerwen has said the tradition should end.
However, former world champion Raymond van Barneveld is supporting an online petition to reinstate it. As of Saturday morning, more than 5,000 people had signed the appeal.
“I will really miss the girls!! For me they are a part of the darts,” Dutchman Van Barneveld wrote on Twitter.
Please join me in signing the petition, which is titled, “I want to keep tradition in darts and keep women in a job”.