We are sad to report the death of Peter Donovan, the bridge columnist for the Daily Mail. Peter wrote his first article in it on 31st January 1966, with his weekday column eventually surpassing the existing UK record for longest-serving daily newspaper bridge columnist. In 2020 he was given the Tony Priday award for his outstanding contribution to bridge and enhancing the game in all its aspects.
Peter was a member of the EBU Board (1979-1982), was involved in publishing the first-ever EBU diary and initiated the Schools’ Cup. Aside from writing, he pursued several worthy causes to the benefit of the game, which was his lifelong passion. His priority was to help others improve, and he was always available for guidance and advice on bridge-related matters. He hosted popular seminars at top hotels around the country. We extend our sympathy to Peter's family and friends.