Rotary honours ‘Rothesay champion’ Johnny

Sister Rita Dawson from St Margaret's Hospice in Clydebank accepts the Rotary Club of Rothesay's Paul Harris Fellowship award on Johnny Beattie's behalf.
Sister Rita Dawson from St Margaret's Hospice in Clydebank accepts the Rotary Club of Rothesay's Paul Harris Fellowship award on Johnny Beattie's behalf.

Entertainer and Bute champion Johnny Beattie has been honoured by the Rotary Club of Rothesay with a top award.

River City star Johnny, who retired in April aged 88 after more than 63 decades in showbusiness, was unable to attend the presentation of Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellowship this week due to illness.

But the award - the highest accolade in the international Rotary organisation - was accepted on his behalf by Sister Rita Dawson from St Margaret’s Hospice in Clydebank, a charity which has been supported by the actor, comedian and TV presenter for many years.

Johnny, who performed many times on the Winter Garden stage in Rothesay and played a prominent role in the successful bid to save the building from demolition in the 1990s, has a holiday home in Rothesay and is a weel-kent face around the island at events such as Bute Vintage Club’s charity rally and road run and the Bute Highland Games, of which he was chieftain in 1997.

Stewart Shaw, the president of the local Rotary club, said: “The Buteman heralded his retirement as ‘Rothesay champion Johnny Beattie to retire’, and a champion he undoubtedly is.

“As an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Rothesay we are proud of his achievements. Consequently, the club felt that we could not let these great works go unacknowledged.”