MARTIN Compston took over the Tele editor’s chair for the day – and declared the job was all in the line of duty!

Martin was home to attend the National Television Awards in London and took time to pop into our office in Crawfurd Street to take charge of Inverclyde’s favourite paper as guest editor.

The proud Greenockian accepted the invitation from Telegraph chief Brian Hossack, who said he was happy to let the TV star take the reins for the day.

Brian added: “I’ve worked with Martin on a few things for Ardgowan Hospice and know how well-loved he is locally.

With that in mind I thought it would be great to ask him to take charge.

“After all, who doesn’t fancy an extra day off – especially with such an able deputy waiting in the wings.”

Martin made sure he didn’t disappoint,  calling on help from a few big-name pals to arrive with a host of exclusives to share with Tele readers.

But while you may think the editor’s day is swanky lunches and high-powered meetings, Martin was quick to get on the newsroom floor to work with the team on the edition.

As well as proofing copy and helping with page design, as our photos show the star managed a sneaky ten minutes in the editor’s office catching up on some of the recent goings-on in Inverclyde.

Martin added: “The paper has been really good at publicising the fundraisers I’ve done for the hospice, so it’s nice to be able to give something back.

“Hopefully the readers will enjoy the interviews today with Irvine Welsh, Ross McCall and our great news about Example coming to Greenock.

“I even managed to sneak a Hollywood star into the entertainments pages, so it’s all been good fun.”

Martin’s mum and dad, Liz and Jim, still live in the house in Greenock where the star grew up and despite now being based in LA, he still tries to visit as often as possible.

He added: “Greenock means a lot to me, I’m proud of where I come from and always will be.”