Millionaire cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff caused a stir around the north coast of the Province yesterday after he was spotted during filming for his new TV show.
Fans may have become accustomed to seeing him within the boundaries of a cricket pitch, but the 36-year-old sportsman has instead been getting acquainted with one of Ulster’s most popular tourist attractions.
The former England cricket captain was seen on the beach at Portrush recording footage for an as yet unnamed TV programme – a ‘road trip’ in which he drives a fish and chip van powered by the van’s cooking fat.
Filming of the show looked like it may have been in jeopardy last week when Flintoff, of Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire, faced a driving ban for speeding in his Bentley.
He was already on nine points for speeding and in danger of an automatic ban with another three points after admitting being behind the wheel when flashed by a camera doing 87mph on the M6, near Linstock, Cumbria, on January 28, Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday.
But magistrates accepted a ban would amount to exceptional hardship because of the effect on others who rely on his extensive charity work and the privacy of his three children.
Instead, the cricketer, caught speeding four times in the last three years, was given the three points on his licence and fined £330 but allowed to keep driving.