Euromillions winner’s final journey takes him past beloved football club

The winner of one of the UK’s biggest Euromillions jackpots has been laid to rest after making one final stop at the home of his beloved Partick Thistle.

Supporters, players and staff lined up outside Firhill Stadium in Glasgow to pay tribute to lifelong fan Colin Weir, who passed away aged 71 last month following a short illness.

The procession then continued on its way to the funeral service at Partick Burgh Hall.

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Thistle manager Ian McCall was in attendance with the playing squad as well as chief executive Gerry Britton, former Scotland goalkeeper Alan Rough and Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell, who appeared for the Jags in his playing days.

Mr Weir and his then-wife Chris, from Largs in North Ayrshire, claimed the £161 million EuroMillions prize in July 2011, the highest amount handed out in the UK at the time.

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 funeral cortege of Euromillions winner Colin Weir passes Partick Thistle's Firhill Stadium on its way to the funeral service at Partick Burgh Hall in Glasgow. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 14, 2020. Mr Weir and his then-wife Chris, from Largs in North Ayrshire, claimed the ??161 million EuroMillions jackpot in July 2011, the highest amount handed out in the UK at the time. See PA story FUNERAL EuroMillions. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
The funeral cortege of Euromillions winner Colin Weir passes Partick Thistle’s Firhill Stadium on its way to the funeral service at Partick Burgh Hall in Glasgow (Picture: PA)
The coffin of EuroMllions winner Colin Weir arrives for the funeral service at Partick Burgh Hall, Glasgow. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 14, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL EuroMillions. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
The coffin arrives for the funeral service (Picture: PA)
Partick Thistle players arrive for the funeral service of EuroMllions winner Colin Weir at Partick Burgh Hall, Glasgow. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 14, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL EuroMillions. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Partick Thistle players arrive for the funeral service (Picture: PA)
Former Scotland goalkeeper Alan Rough (left) and Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall (right) after the funeral service of EuroMllions winner Colin Weir at Partick Burgh Hall, Glasgow. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 14, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL EuroMillions. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Former Scotland goalkeeper Alan Rough (left) and Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall (right) (Picture: PA)
Partick Thistle player, Kenny Miller, after the funeral service of EuroMllions winner Colin Weir at Partick Burgh Hall, Glasgow. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 14, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL EuroMillions. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Partick Thistle player Kenny Miller after the funeral service (Picture: PA)

Mr Weir, a former TV cameraman, secured a majority shareholding at the club in November and promised to give the 55 per cent shareholding directly to a fans group by March 2020.

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

Outside the stadium entrance on Tuesday, a banner with a picture of Mr Weir was on display with the phrase ‘Colin Weir, one of our own’ written in club colours.

File photo dated 15/07/11 of Colin Weir with ex-wife Chris after winning a EuroMillions jackpot of ??161 million. Colin Weir has died after a short illness, his lawyers said. PA Photo. Issue date: Friday December 27, 2019. See PA story DEATH EuroMillions. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Mr Weir and his then-wife Chris claimed the £161 million EuroMillions prize in July 2011 (Picture: PA)
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Mr Weir was a lifelong Jags fan (Picture: McGowan/Backgrid)
The front cover of the Order of Service for the funeral service of EuroMllions winner Colin Weir at Partick Burgh Hall, Glasgow. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 14, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL EuroMillions. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
The front cover of the Order of Service (Picture: PA)

A statement from the club previously said: ‘A Scottish patriot, philanthropist and Jags man to the end. Rest In Peace, sadly missed.’

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The funeral service was followed by a private cremation.

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

Nicola Sturgeon and her predecessor Alex Salmond both paid tribute when Mr Weir’s death was announced on December 27.

The Weirs confirmed early last year they would divorce after 38 years of marriage.

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