Tributes to a ‘true gentleman’

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TRIBUTES have been paid to “true gentleman” and lifelong Peterhead FC supporter Frank Hastie, who passed away recently at the age of 69.

Friends and colleagues remembered the “great ambassador” for the Blue Toon, who served the club for more than 20 years.

Club chairman Rodger Morrison remembered ‘Frankie’ as a long-time servant of the Blue Toon, and a lifelong friend.

Speaking to the Buchanie he said: “I have many fond memories of Frankie. He served his time as an apprentice joiner with my father when he had RG Morrison and Sons in St Fergus, so I knew him all my life.

“We were real good friends. He was a football fanatic and followed Peterhead everywhere.

“He was the team kit man and bag man under Robbie Warrender’s time.”

Mr Morrison said he hoped to honour Frankie with a minute’s silence before Peterhead’s next home match at Balmoor.

Meanwhile, former club chairman Colin Grant added: “It’s very sad to hear the news about Frankie. He was a great ambassador for Peterhead and a willing helper.

“He was a good man and it’s a sad loss. He was the club’s trainer when I was vice-chairman and chairman. He was very well respected and will be sadly missed.”

Tributes were also paid online in the days after Frankie’s death.

One user said: “Was a privilege to know you, RIP mate!”

Others fondly remembered fun-filled anecdotes aboard the Blue Toon bus, sure in the knowledge that the best of the fun was when Frankie was on board.

As well as serving Peterhead FC, Frankie served as team physio with Longside Football Club during his later years.