Ashdown took over from Martin Fitzmaurice in 2014, when Lakeside was still the responsibility of the BDO. At the end of December 2022, Ashdown decided to step down from his role as Chief Development Officer at the WDF. So now it appears 'Little Richard' will not continue as Master of Ceremonies either.
Dundas will make his ninth appearance at Lakeside. The previous eight times, Dundas, who is fondly nicknamed, "The Pup," has been involved as a caller (referee) at this tournament.