It’s with great sadness we learned today of the passing of much respected, Jimmy Beaton (Senior), aged 90.
Born 8th September 1927, Jim Beaton was well-known in the community as the popular proprietor of Beaton’s Coaches at John Street. From an early age, he was always interested in motorbikes, and as a teenager competed successfully in sand-racing on beaches around Scotland.
Jim became involved in the promotions of Glasgow Tigers when he became a partner in Glasgow Speedway Promotions Ltd. The Blantyre man was an official director/promoter for the Glasgow Tigers Speedway stars at Blantyre Greyhound Stadium 1977-81 and then Blantyre Craighead Park 1982-86.
Some of us may also remember Jimmy’s sons, Bobby and Jimmy (Junior) as speedway racers and their association with Glasgow Tigers. Jimmy’s other son, George was tragically killed in an accident at Spittal in 1972.
Jimmy lost his beloved wife, Betty in recent years and since then had not been keeping well, spending time latterly in a care home.
It goes without saying, Jimmy was great ambassador for the speedway sport and helped many young riders come through the ranks. He was a deserved member of the Glasgow Tigers ‘Hall of Fame’ and it’s no exaggeration to say the Tigers wouldn’t now exist if it wasn’t for him and his family. He will be missed by many people.
We’re sure you’ll join us in offering sympathies to all the Beaton family at this sad time.
Information Courtesy: Blantyre Project
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