WATCH: Peter on Duns citizen award

The people of Duns have recognised the efforts of local badminton and tennis coach Peter Hardie, voting him the town’s citizen of the year.

Peter aged 67 and Duns born and bred, was presented with the trophy in a ceremony at the end of the town’s Reiver’s Week celebrations.

He and his wife of 43 years, Anne, were also invited to a special celebratory Rotary Club dinner to mark the occasion.

“I never thought that it would be me getting nominated for this award,” he said.

“In fact, when Ricky Amos of Duns Rotary Club came down, with him being a member of the tennis club, I thought it would have something to do with that, but he said, no, no. I was really taken aback.

“I would really like to thank Duns Rotary Club and the Duns and District people who voted me as Citizen of the Year 2015.”

Peter has been involved with the Duns Tennis Club for over 40 years, and started coaching juniors around 30 years ago.

Many of the junior members who started out under him went on to play for Borders and South of Scotland teams.

Describing his interest in badminton, Peter remembered: “Members of the Duns Badminton Club came down to the courts asking if anybody would like to try badminton, so I went along.”

He was soon, he said, “hooked on the game”.

“In August 1978 I was voted onto the committee, and I have been on there ever since, for 36 years.

“In that year I also started coaching at the junior club with Russell Duncan, where I passed coaching awards in 1981 and 1982.

“Over the years that I have been coaching the junior members, Duns Badminton Club have had 10 players representing the full Scotland national team at age-groups from Under-11 to Under-18 against England, wales, Ireland and many European countries.

“And all 10 juniors have gone on to win Scottish national titles from Under-11 to Under-16 level.

“The Duns Badminton Club has also had over 30 other members selected for the full Scottish squad. All of those members have won open and local tournaments and played for the BBG teams in England and the SSBU inter-area teams in Scotland.

“Over all the years I have coached, if asked to mention three outstanding performances, I would choose the Under-15 girl, playing in the first Scottish team to beat England at any level for over 15 years.

“Then there were the winners of the Under-14 and Under-16 Scottish Boys Doubles title, when the standard was very high.

“And, of course, we had our Under-11 boy and girl winning all four Scottish Singles and Doubles titles. This was the first time that two members of the same Badminton Club had won all Scottish titles.”

Marshall Wilson of Duns Rotary Club said this week after presenting the trophy to Peter: “The nominations all had the same theme running through them.

“That was his willingness to give of his free time for over 30 years to help and inspire the young tennis and badminton players of the Duns area.

“All this community work was done in a quiet and unassuming way, without seeking reward.”