ACTOR James Martin, who starred in the hit TV comedy series Still Game, is set to auction a script from the programme to raise funds for the Hollies Day Centre in Musselburgh.

This is the second script from the popular series that he has auctioned in aid of the High Street facility, which offers services for older people in the community, including a lunch club.

The comedy lines which will be autographed by Mr Martin, who played the character Eric in the show, will go under the hammer at a comic ‘Wullie’ Shakespeare Supper which will also raise funds for the centre.

The event ‘Going From Bard To Worse – A Scotsman’s Look At Shakespeare’ will be presented at the Hollies on Friday, November 1.

Written by Mr Martin, a Musselburgh resident and staunch supporter of the Hollies, it is a new take on a Burns supper, supported by musical entertainment from the band Glenkinchie, and follows his successful fish supper nights, one based on Sir Walter Raleigh.

He said: “A lot of people put in bids for the previous script and the second one is a beautiful folder with lots of photographs of the cast.

“The Shakespeare event will take the form of a Burns supper, with grace, an immortal memory to the bard and toasts to the damsels and knaves.

“I think this is the best one I’ve written and hope it will raise a lot of funds.

“I love Shakespeare and have played roles in the past including old Adam and Oliver in As You Like It at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh.”

He will give the immortal memory and will be supported at the show by fellow Hollies supporters, including Alister Hadden in the role of king, and American-born Carolyn Wordell, who will give the reply to the knaves.

The band Glenkinchie will play music from films that are loosely based on Shakespeare plays, such as Kiss Me Kate (The Taming of the Shrew), West Side Story (Romeo and Juliet), The Lion King (Hamlet), and The Boys from Syracuse (The Comedy of Errors).

Mr Martin said: “The Hollies is a great cause and I hope we will raise lots of funds for it.”

Tickets, priced £15, are now available from the day centre and include a fish supper. It is a BYOB event.