Martin Compston is first in line at new Tennent’s visitor centre

Martin Compston sits beside a 150-year-old bottle of beer, one of Britain’s oldest, which was returned to Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery - by the diver who found it ‘Down Under’. The Line of Duty star was attending the launch of the new Tennent’s visitor centre in Glasgow, which opens to the public today.

With his Line of Duty character often acclaimed for leading the investigative charge, Martin Compston proved he too could be first to a story, as he became the first person through the doors of The Tennent’s Story – a brand-new attraction opening to the public today.

The actor, best known for playing Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott in BBC drama Line of Duty, took a break from filming of its fifth season to attend the launch of the Tennent’s Visitor Centre. The attraction, which celebrates Scotland’s favourite beer, will be the biggest beer destination in the UK.

Speaking at the launch, Martin, said: “I’m massively impressed; the place looks amazing. Obviously, I know my way around a pint of Tennent’s very well, but I was blown away by the history of the whole thing – the connections to Robert Burns and Bonnie Prince Charlie and some incredible photos going back through the years.

“It’s going to be a great attraction for the east end of Glasgow, but something like Tennent’s, it’s more than a beer; it’s part of our culture and our heritage. It deserves something at this sort of scale and it was an honour to be invited to be the first person to check it out.

The actor, who will star alongside Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie in Mary Queen of Scots in January, added: “Living in the US, I don’t often get the chance to get my hands on a pint of Tennent’s though I’m hoping to get a bar installed in my house in the new year – which wouldn’t be complete without a Tennent’s tap!”

Alan McGarrie, Group Brand Director for Tennent’s Lager, said: “It was a privilege to have Martin into Wellpark to be the first person to experience the new visitor centre. We know he enjoys a Tennent’s and we were excited to showcase it to a real fan of the brand.

“It has been an incredible transformation, watching the space develop into a truly immersive experience that showcases the brewery, the beer and the brand. The Tennent’s Story is going to take people behind the scenes like never before, and we can’t wait to open the doors to fans from today.”

The Tennent’s Story is open for booking now via www.tennentstours.com.