Southern 100 Racing is saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs June Beardmore from Stafford who died on Sunday 17th December after a short illness.
Our thoughts are also with her husband John, who is poorly in hospital at present.
Both Joan and her husband John have been passionate supporters of the Southern 100 Road Races for over 40 Years, visiting every year until the last four years, where John’s ill-health has prevented them making their annual pilgrimage to the Billown Course.
Whilst they may not have been able to be present, their interest did not diminish keeping in touch via the world wide web and tuning into what they described as ‘the wonderful race coverage provided by Manx Radio’!
Apart from being present for all three of the road races each year, June and John were very generous with their donations to the Supporters Club, Plaque Fund and other causes connected with the running of the ‘friendly races’, over the years amounting to many thousands of pounds.
Tricia Clague, who looks after the hospitality in Race Control said: ‘Gordon and I got to know June and John over the many years that they came to the races on the Billown Course, the Southern 100 was the highlight of their time on the Island.
‘From the first time that they came to the Southern 100, neither of them missed a year - it was only John’s health that prevented them attending in the last few years, but they both kept in touch with the races with regular contact with myself and other club members George Peach and Phil Edge.’
Tricia continued: ‘June was such a friendly lady, who was very knowledgeable when it came to road racing, especially the Southern 100 and she will be very much missed when the races are on at Billown by all who got to know her and John over the years.’
All involved with the Southern 100 pass on their sincere condolences to June’s husband John and other family members and friends at this very sad time and thank them for their support for over 40 years.