Popular former Monarch Jimmy Tannock dies aged 84

Jimmy Tannock, on bike, second from right, was a popular figure at Armadale

Jimmy Tannock, on bike, second from right, was a popular figure at Armadale

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Edinburgh Monarchs were today mourning the death of speedway rider Jimmy Tannock. He was 84.

Tannock began his racing career as a grasstrack and scrambling star in the late forties before switching to speedway at the start of the fifties. He moved to the Monarchs in 1960 under legendary promoter Ian Hoskins and completed a ten-year stint with the club at their former Old Meadowbank home. He also toured New Zealand with captain Doug Templeton in 1966.

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Tannock was an honorary president of the Scottish section of the World Speedway Riders Association.

Monarchs director Mike Hunter said: “Jimmy’s smiling face and ever-ready humour will be very sadly missed by everyone who knew him, and we certainly won’t forget his contribution to the sport.”