Taggart actor spots “Popemobile” ice cream van


TAGGART actor Colin McCredie has spotted a Popemobile replica being used as an ice cream van.

McCredie, best known for his role as DC Stuart Fraser in the STV drama, took to Twitter yesterday to share an image of the unique vehicle.

The 44-year-old captured a maroon and white coloured Lucas ice cream van parked on double yellow lines with the same box-type rear associated with Popemobiles.

The ice cream van resembles the Popes 1982 vehicle.

Captured in the seaside town of North Berwick, East Lothian the van mimics the Pope’s 1982 Range Rover touring car – the first bullet proof car following the first assassination attempt on John Paul II in 1981.

Writing on Twitter McCredie said: “Amazing to see the Popemobile from 1982 is alive and well in North Berwick.”

One follower joked: “The Vatican must be on hard times if he’s got a second job.”

The Popemobile was designed to allow the pope to be more visible when greeting large crowds across the world.

There have been many different designs for popemobiles since Pope Paul VI first used a modified Lincoln Continental to greet crowds in New York City in 1965.

The Vatican vehicle registration plates for all official state vehicles begin with the letters “SCV” – the acronym of the Latin Status Civitatis Vaticanae meaning Vatican City State.