A civic reception was laid on to welcome Phill Nixon back to his County Durham hometown.
The 'Ferryhill Flyer' staged a remarkable fightback in last weekend's Lakeside World Championship, only to be finally beaten by Martin Adams.
On Friday, Ferryhill Town Council held a civic reception in his honour.
He has also been made an honorary member of Durham County Cricket Club.
Dozens of wellwishers turned out to see the 50-year-old, who said he had been overwhelmed by people's reactions.
"Bit unexpected but I'm trying to take everything in my stride at the moment. My head just seems to be in the clouds," he said.
Phill said he has received letters just addressed to the Ferryhill Flyer, Ferryhill, and they had reached him.
He said the reception from people in the town had been fantastic, with people asking for his autograph and wanting to speak to him.
He said: "Really I'm only a dart player, but I'm enjoying it."
Ferryhill mayor Ron Greenwell said: "Phil has brought this town of ours right into the forefront and the people are amazed that all of a sudden we have got a first-class entertainer, as well as a first-class athlete."