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Congratulations to City Lit student Colin Thackery for winning Britain’s Got Talent 2019

Story added 4th Jun 2019

Colin Thackery with lipreading tutor Lisa Weller and fellow Chelsea Pensioners students


Congratulations to Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery for winning Britain's Got Talent 2019.

Colin wowed the judges and viewers at home with his performance of Michael Ball’s Love Changes Everything, dedicated to his late wife.

Colin is an 89-year-old Army veteran with a passion for singing. After his wife died, he moved to the Royal Hospital Chelsea with the Chelsea Pensioners.

He studied lipreading and managing hearing loss for armed Forces and ex-forces personnel at City Lit with Lisa Weller in 2017 and 2018.

As the winner of Britain’s Got Talent, Colin will have the honour of performing in front of the Royal Family at the Royal Variety Performance. He also scooped prize money of £250,000 and is going to give some of that to the Royal Chelsea Hospital, where he lives.



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