THE Southend and District Badminton Association have held their annual presentation dance and awards night at the Park Inn hotel for the third year running.

There were 103 guests at the event and they were treated to a three course meal and a photo booth.

Awards were handed out to the winners of the 11 different divisions in the Southend and District League.

Eastwood, FitzWimarc and Westcliff all won two divisions each.

Leighway retained their Ladies Premier title while East Thurrock won the Mixed Premier title for the first time ever.

League title trophies were also lifted by Phoenix Flames, Southend and Hawkwell.

Trophies were then presented to winners and runners-up from the various tournaments throughout the 2018/19 season.

The first tournament of the year, back in September last year, was the Reg Harris Trophy.

This was won by Natalie Smith and Lucy Downey in the ladies doubles event while Lewis Barr and James Allpress secured the men’s doubles title.

Tim Baskett and Tracey Carey could not retain their Masters Mixed handicap title as they were beaten by Mike Weingarten and Andrea Lloyd.

There was an all Hawkwell final in the Minette Mixed handicap as Keith Wood and Farnaz Siddiq were crowned champions.

East Thurrock won the Peters Gibbs Cup for a fourth straight year with victory over SLH Rayleigh.

The end of season SDBA Championships awards were then given out and there was just one restricted event - for Premier Division players only - this season.

That was the men’s doubles, which was won by Toby Moon and Miles Milner.

All three lower division events did run though, with Andrew Strutt and Russell Dobson winning the men’s doubles and Sarah Hall and Chloe Baker secured the ladies doubles title.

Peter Brumwell and Clare Roberts retained their title as lower mixed doubles champions.

Finally, the most prestigious award of the evening was handed out by the President of the Association, Mike Worship.

This was the coveted Bernard Chandler President’s Award and this year it was given to Colin Porter for his services to Junior Badminton in the Southend and District Areas.

Porter helped form the Southend and District Junior Association in 1983 and has served the Association as secretary and treasurer for the past 27 years.