Meet Colin Thackery, an 89-year-old Chelsea pensioner who, in 2019, became the oldest ever winner of Britain’s Got Talent.
A veteran of the Korean War, Colin is a familiar sight in the area and in the Royal Hospital choir.
I have lived at the Royal Hospital for two years now and really enjoy it.
I love the security and the care that’s provided by each member of staff, and it’s great being in Chelsea.
I haven’t lived in London since I was a child so I was hesitant, but I’m really enjoying it.
I often take my daughter and granddaughters there for dinner.
I have always sung in the Royal Hospital choir. We sing in the dementia ward every Thursday and are always amazed by the response we get from some of the patients.
Some of my favourite pieces of music include Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, [Offenbach’s] Tales of Hoffmann opera, and anything by Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion.
I went on Britain’s Got Talent for a dare.
I was convinced they wouldn’t want an old man like me on the show, so I’m glad I went for it.
The experience was life-changing and I have been extremely busy since!
My tour is next year, so I will be performing across lots of venues in the UK.
I have been lucky enough to perform at some fantastic venues in London this year, including the Palladium, the Apollo and the Royal Albert Hall.
Next, I am doing a BBC Breakfast album launch, Loose Women and a Katherine Jenkins duet at the Royal Albert Hall.
Main picture: On ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2019. Photo: Dymond/Thames/SYCO/Shutterstock.
Second picture: With Ross Kemp at the launch of the Poppy Appeal 2019. Photo: Guy Bell/Alamy Live News.