House of Commons
Death of Johnny Beattie MBE, Scottish actor, entertainer and performer
EDM #712
Tabled 13 July 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House notes with great sadness the passing of the legendary Scottish actor, entertainer and performer, Johnny Beattie MBE at the age of 93; extends sincere sympathy to his family and friends; notes that, born in Glasgow in 1926, Johnny graced the stage in many, many, Gaiety Whirls and pantomimes at Ayr Gaiety Theatre and many other theatres during a theatrical and acting career which spanned an incredible 63 years, the honorary president of the Scottish Music Hall Society, Beattie became a panto star, entertainer, TV quiz show host and actor touring North America with the Alexander Brothers and worked with legends such as Billy Connolly and was the long serving host of the annual televised Hogmanay show in which he demonstrated his credentials as a custodian of Scottish variety, appearing for 13 years as the character Malcolm in the BBC soap opera River City; recognises that he will be remembered with great fondness not only as one as one of the great Scottish variety performers and actors but for his unwavering support and campaigning when the Ayr Gaiety Theatre was threatened with closure – more than once and his theatre saving campaign slogan Let there be Gaiety – a legacy from a true giant in Scottish theatre who will always be known as Mr Gaiety by Ayrshire folk and one of Scotland's finest entertainers throughout Scotland and beyond.