Martin’s smooth tones take him in a new direction

Martin Bell from Bearsden, Glasgow who is Tom Tom's new voice of Scotland with the new Renault Megane he won as part of his prize.'PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 13, 2010.  'Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire

Martin Bell from Bearsden, Glasgow who is Tom Tom's new voice of Scotland with the new Renault Megane he won as part of his prize.'PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 13, 2010. 'Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire

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A BEARSDEN dad’s voice is about to become very familiar to motorists throughout the world.

For Martin Bell has become the new Scottish voice of TomTom Sat Navs after winning a radio competition.

Martin (43,) of Deveron Road, made it to the final three which had been selected by TomTom and then he had to perform live on Real Radio for a public vote to win the contest.

The married dad of Cameron (3) and Eva (4) was delighted to discover that he’d come first and won a Renault Megane Coupe Cabriolet car worth about £25,000.

Martin, who is also the bass player with popular Bearsden band Big Vern ‘n’ the Shootahs, spent all day on Monday recording directions for the Sat Nav which will be available online for downloading in countries across the world.

The former Bearsden Academy and Mosshead Primary School pupil, said: “Winning this and the car was a really pleasant surprise, especially just before Christmas.

“I have friends in China and Australia who can’t wait to download my voice for their TomTom, they find it very amusing that it’s me!

“It’s a bit of a weird thought that people in China and Australia will be listening to me giving them directions as they drive around.

“I was told my voice was chosen because it’s very smooth and relaxing and obviously I fitted the bill with my Scottish accent as well.

“I had a great time in London at the studio which is also where they record Peppa Pig and Wallace and Gromit.

“While I was sitting at a coffee table at the studio I was joined by Sue Johnston who plays the mum in the Royle Family and Sally Phillips who was in Bridget Jones Diary and the current TV series Miranda.

“That was quite exciting - to be rubbing shoulders with all these famous actresses!”