Devon

Torquay United grandstand honours lottery winner Paul Bristow

Theo Bristow opening Torquay United's new grandstand
Image caption Paul Bristow's widow Thea opened the new grandstand named after her husband

A new football grandstand, partly funded by money from a fan who won the lottery, has opened in Devon.

Torquay United named the stand, which cost about £2m, "Bristow's Bench" in honour of benefactor Paul Bristow, who died in 2010.

Gulls' fan Mr Bristow won £15m with his wife Thea in 2004.

The club said the stand was a "superb memorial" to Mr Bristow who became a director at Torquay United. His widow performed the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Bristow's Bench has a seating capacity of nearly 2,000.

The lottery winner, who died of a heart attack at the age of 59, became known for his generosity after chartering a private plane to take the 90-strong Scout troop he ran with his wife on a £500,000 two-week trip to Canada.

Mrs Bristow is still involved with Torquay United, having taken her late husband's place as a director of the club.

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