February 1910

p d fittonAttention is drawn to the forthcoming 12th All England Championships, which will be held at the Horticultural Hall for the first time – improved attendances are expected as the hall is more easily accessed than the Rifle Brigade Drill Hall, Bunhill Row, previously used. 

The committee appointed to select the shuttlecock for the All England reported that six different manufacturers submitted shuttlecocks and that it had been decided to use Messrs. F. H. Ayres, Ltd, - it was noted that several of the different shuttles tested were quite satisfactory. 

Two international matches are to be played during the Championships and official notices announce that the Annual General Meeting of the Badminton Association will be held during the All England. We therefore have a four day championships planned, with Ireland v Scotland on the Tuesday, the AGM on Thursday and England v Ireland on Friday.

The marriage of Dr. Henry Marrett and Miss F Mathew Lannowe is reported with a picture of the happy couple.

P. D. Fitton is featured as the latest addition to the list of winners of Open Championships – he will represent England 3 times and win an All England title in Men’s doubles.

Four clubs report a change of Secretary – 3rd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, Hartley Wintney, Oxted and Limpsfield and Halifax in Canada – this reminds us that the Badminton Association was the governing body for world badminton at this time. 

There are detailed reports on the 6th Middlesex Championships, the Scottish Championships which were held in a new hall in Aberdeen and also the North Kensington Open.

It is noted that Veterans Doubles attract few entries, at Ealing only two pairs, though the age was so low as forty!!