With the new season now upon us, everyone involved in the amateur game is looking forward to an exciting new beginning under the auspices of the UKDA. Nowhere is that more apparent than in London, as this will be the first time in four decades that Marilyn Smithies is not involved with the County, having recently announced her retirement from administrative duties.
If I were to list every post that Marilyn has filled during her long and distinguished career with the Capital county, this column would turn into a novel! The last two posts which she held were those of General Secretary and Treasurer, which she combined effortlessly and effectively for many years. Her loyalty and devotion towards darts in general, and London in particular, was without question, and she will be sorely missed by so many within the sport who have made her acquaintance.
However, Marilyn is not completely disappearing from view, as “The Mad Cat Lady” will still be attending matches to roar on her beloved London as they once again compete in the top tier. I think I am able to speak on behalf of everyone in the sport in wishing her a long and very happy retirement.
This means that the Committee has taken on a new look under Chairman Richard Biggs. Mary Cusack has taken over as General Secretary, with Jane Johnson looking after the purse strings in the role as Treasurer. I wish them, and the other new Committee members every success in their new roles.
A full report on London's UKDA National League match will appear in Darts World 576 in early October 2021.