Murray’s Chippy might be a humble wee van from ‘Anster...but it came, it saw and it conquered Monte Carlo!
Owners Murray and Irene Cameron were invited by Monaco royalty to serve up fish suppers at a recent glitzy international event in the millionaire’s paradise.
And the experience was “amazing”, if not a little surreal, explained Irene (44).
“Prince Albert was our first customer – they placed gold ropes leading up to the van,” she said.
“He asked us how we were doing, how the drive was, and he was really nice.
“In all the 23 years we’ve been serving up fish suppers we’ve never been so nervous!”
After serving up 250 suppers on Casino Square for the Maison D’Ecosse whisky conference event, they served up more to the general public to raise funds for charity.
Irene said: “We were told to charge 20 euros per fish supper.
“People were saying ‘That’s so cheap!’”
One resident who had to come and queue in the square was none other than former Celtic and Monaco footballer John Collins.
“He heard we were there and said he couldn’t believe it.
“He was in stitches.”
Murray (48) and Irene also dined alongside Prince Albert and his wife Princess Charlene at a glittering dinner, where they mingled with stars such as former F1 driver David Coulthard.
Then they packed up for the 1335 mile journey home.
Irene said: “It took us three days to drive back and we were stopped at customs.
“But we had papers signed by Prince Albert and when the officers took them, they just read them and said: “You two are stars, off you go!”
Prince Albert invited the pair back again next year and gave them a case of his private blend whisky as a parting gift.
“We might even get a royal warrant for the van,” said Irene.