John Hartson hosts star-studded charity ball

CELTIC legend John Hartson hosted a star-studded ball in Glasgow last night to raise funds for his cancer charity.

John Hartson, centre, joins BAFTA award-winning Morvern Callar actress Kathleen McDermott and Mrs Brown's Boys actor Gary Hollywood. Picture: SNS

The first John Hartson Foundation Ball, held in the city’s Thistle Hotel, marked five years since the 39-year-old’s life-threatening battle with testicular cancer.

Scots screen stars Gary Hollywood – who plays Dino in smash hit comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys – and BAFTA award-winning Morvern Callar actress Kathleen McDermott compered the sell-out gala.

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Line of Duty star Martin Compston and Los Angeles-based Scots actor and producer Gianni Capaldi, whose films include action-packed dramas Hard Rush and Blood of Redemption, were among the celebrities attending.

John Hartson, centre, joins BAFTA award-winning Morvern Callar actress Kathleen McDermott and Mrs Brown's Boys actor Gary Hollywood. Picture: SNS

Hartson said: “This means so much to me to see so many people turning out to support my foundation.

Just over five years ago I had my own cancer battle and I feel very blessed that I got through it.

“Many people don’t, and I feel privileged that thanks to the amazing work of the doctors and nurses who saved me, I was able to get through it and enjoy seeing my five children grow up.”