Rothesay champion Johnny Beattie to retire

Johnny Beattie, who has a holiday home in Rothesay, has announced his retirement from showbusiness. Johnny is a regular attendee at Bute Vintage Club's charity road run each July - here he waves off one of the participants on the promenade at the 2013 event.
Johnny Beattie, who has a holiday home in Rothesay, has announced his retirement from showbusiness. Johnny is a regular attendee at Bute Vintage Club's charity road run each July - here he waves off one of the participants on the promenade at the 2013 event.

One of Rothesay’s biggest champions in the world of Scottish showbusiness has announced his retirement from the limelight.

Johnny Beattie, who has a holiday home in the town, has decided to bring down the curtain on more than six decades in entertainment.

He performed many times on the Winter Garden and Pavilion stages in the town in the course of a career which spanned variety, pantomime, stand-up comedy, TV and film and most recently saw him spend 13 years playing Malcolm Hamilton in the BBC Scotland soap River City.

He also provided the voice for an ‘anibod’ which told the story of Rothesay’s illustrious entertainment history at the island’s visitor information centre, the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, in the Winter Garden building in the centre of the town.

He was made an MBE in 2007 for his services to entertainment and charity in Scotland, when he admitted that he “get[s] far more out of coming to Rothesay than I could ever give back”.

River City’s series producer, Donald MacKinnon, called Mr Beattie’s retirement “the end of an era” for the Scottish entertainment industry.

His final scenes in River City will be broadcast in June.