Tuesday, 18 Feb 2020

EuroMillions winner Colin Weir who scooped £161m jackpot laid to rest at footie funeral

TRAGIC EuroMillions winner Colin Weir has been laid to rest after making a final visit to his beloved football team.

Colin, who scooped a £161million jackpot, passed away from kidney failure and sepsis aged just 72 last month.


His staggering EuroMillions win in July 2011 with ex-wife Chris made them the 22nd richest people in Scotland and propelled them on the Sunday Times Rich List.

Mourners lined the streets today to pay tribute to the dad-of-two ahead of the funeral service in Partick Burgh Hall, Glasgow, and a private cremation.

Footie-mad Colin also made a final visit to his beloved Partick Thistle's ground, Firhill Stadium, as the procession made its way through the city.

Former cameraman Colin invested in the club after his win – leading to a section of the stadium was renamed the Colin Weir Stand.

BOYHOOD FOOTIE TEAM

The Lotto winner also secured a majority shareholding at the club and promised to give the 55 per cent share directly to a fan group by March 2020.

The club recently dedicated a win to Colin – with players wearing black armbands and a minute's applause held before kick-off.

Colin said previously: "I have been a Thistle fan since I was a boy and spent many hours at Firhill — some more enjoyable than others.

“Chris and I are delighted to be part of the effort to help the club achieve financial security — no mean feat for any Scottish club today.

“We also support the establishment of Partick Thistle Football Club Trust to give fans a greater say and were pleased to help get it off the ground.”

COLOSSAL WIN

Colin and Chris bagged £161,653,000 on the Euromillions but shunned an expensive holiday to go to Brighton where they decided how to spend their cash.

The dad-of-two revealed one of the first items they bought was a checked sports jacket like one worn by Scotsport legend Arthur Montford.

They also snapped up £850,000 Knock House, a four-bedroom detached home in 23 acres of gardens and woodland on the outskirts of Largs.

Colin said at the time: “We didn’t want to go away and live on a small island with no contact with the people who are important to us.”

The couple divorced in May last year after 38 years of marriage.

They have two grown-up children, Carly and Jamie.

His family have asked mourners to make donations to the Partick Thistle Charitable Trust.




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