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More than 600 East Lothian children were given a taster of the sport during the four-day Bank of Scotland Play Badminton Carnival at Meadowmill Sports Centre in Tranent.

Badminton Scotland, the game's governing body, is keen to recruit players to broaden its base. "Badminton can offer a source of social pleasure as much as a competitive challenge and is a sport that can be played right up until your 60s," says Badminton Scotland's chief executive, Anne Smillie.

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