Lotto winner that won £161m dies aged 71 and makes one final visit to football stadium | UK | News


Players and staff lined up to pay tribute as the hearse stopped at the football ground yesterday morning. A banner with a picture of Mr Weir was on display at the stadium entrance with “Colin Weir, one of our own” written in club colours. Mr Weir and his then-wife Chris, from Largs in North Ayrshire, claimed a £161million EuroMillions jackpot in July 2011, the highest amount handed out in the UK at the time.

A life-long Partick Thistle fan, he invested part of his winnings in the club, leading to the youth set-up being rebranded the Thistle Weir Youth Academy and a section of the stadium being named the Colin Weir Stand.

The former TV cameraman, who died last month aged 71, secured a majority shareholding at the club in November and promised to give the 55 per cent shareholding directly to a fans group.

The club dedicated a recent win to him following his death, with players wearing black armbands and fans holding a minute’s applause.

A statement on the club website said: “A Scottish patriot, philanthropist and Jags man to the end. Sadly missed.”

After stopping at Firhill at 10.30am yesterday, the cortege continued to the funeral service in Partick Burgh Hall, followed by a private cremation.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other senior SNP figures are due to attend the funeral.

The Weirs donated £1million to the Yes campaign ahead of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum and continued donating to the SNP afterwards.

Last year the Weirs confirmed they would divorce after 38 years of marriage. 



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