We regret to announce that Violet Davidson recently passed away
Violet was a lynchpin of Stirling and Midlands badminton. She started playing as a young teenager and played in the Stirling league for the Allan Church in Bannockburn where, incidentally, she met her husband Arthur.
She quickly became the best lady in the area, playing the type of game that no other lady in the area was playing – very strong in both mixed and ladies doubles.
Violet joined Alloa Badminton Club and regularly won ladies and mixed doubles tournaments in Central Scotland as well as helping her team to be very successful as well. She also played in Glasgow for some time.
She was very humble and never took any result for granted. She was also great fun on and off the court and very popular with everyone. Her meringues were also popular at the badminton teas.
Violet played on into her senior years and represented Scotland’s Masters on several occasions.
The Stirling League honoured her some years ago to celebrate her sixty years involvement in the league.
Craig Lemmon, a league stalwart, once called her “the first lady of badminton” and, as far as central area was concerned, that was absolutely true.
She will be sadly missed by all both on and off the court. I doubt we will see her like again.
Tribute courtesy of John Grant