A LARGS man became a chauffeur to the stars – after driving the Line of Duty cast to a special fundraiser in Greenock last week.
Gerry McAllister was delighted to get behind the wheel to escort AC12’s Steve Arnott, Kate Fleming and Ted Hastings – aka Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar – to the big showbiz event at Port Glasgow Town Hall last Saturday.
Gerry is managing director of Markris Executive Chauffeur Service & M and M Executive Cars, and he was approached by his cousin and Ardgowan Hospice trustee Christine Malcolmson about helping out.
The 67-year-old grandfather, who lives in Sinclair Drive, told the News he was delighted to play his part.
He said: “It was an excellent night – and I was just so pleased to be involved in a small way.
“Martin, Vicky, Adrian and Jed Mercurio, the show’s creator, were all very nice people – and they were really delighted with how the evening went.
“Taking them back to Marr Hall, they were raving about it.
“Line of Duty is one of my favourite shows so was a real thrill to have them in the car. They were all very nice and genuine – and it was clear to see they thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
“It was good to be involved it and do something nice for the charity.
“Even when we dropped the stars off, they were happy to pose with people who were waiting to catch a glimpse of them.”
Gerry has been running Markris for 25 years and does Scottish sightseeing tours, city tours, corporate events and local wedding car hire.
He lives with wife Nancy, and has two grown up children in their 30s and a 16-year-old grand-daughter.
The hospice fundraiser saw the first Line of Duty cast reunite since wrapping up filming for season six. They were quizzed by host Gordon Smart, including on whether there were plans for a seventh season.
Highlights included the trio recreate their viral TikTok dance, a raucous sing-song led by Adrian and Vicky revealing which female co-star she would have “happily kissed”.
Martin has been patron of the Greenock-based hospice since his own uncle, Joe Hendry, was cared for by its compassionate staff around a decade ago.
You can view a full recording of the reunion event by subscribing online to our sister paper The Greenock Telegraph.