A SQUASH club in North Glasgow surprised John Watson OBE by naming a court after him in a special act of gratitude.

The Scottish Squash Rackets Club (SSRC) in Maryhill held its Club Championships last Friday and invited John Watson OBE, a long-time supporter and former chairman of the organisation.

After handing out the awards, the businessman was recognised as an honorary president of SSRC and had a court named after him.

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Member of the committee, Joe Hely, who presented Mr Watson with the plaque, said: "He was quite emotional and couldn't thank us enough, he was saying it's a great honour. But that is just the kind of man he is.

"He saved our club from closing down on a couple of occasions when we were really really struggling.

"He's a saint as far as we are concerned. I reckon over the last four or five years, I think, John donated us around £70,000-80,000 and he doesn't even want thanks for it, he just does it.

"This is in recognition of all that, we have so much to thank him for."

New club champions Dan Wareing, Tengku Nur Sabrina and runners-up Rebecca Baird, Jesse Mills and Scott Hay were also acknowledged at the event, after having played their final games.

John Watson, 74, who was awarded his OBE in 2006 for “Services to the Printing Industry and Charitable Purposes in Scotland” is the former chairman and chief executive of the printing dynasty John Watson and Company.

He is also a member of the SSRC, which has around 160 members and is based at 10 Malloch Street.