A Chelsea Pensioner became the oldest winner of the ITV talent show Britain’s Got Talent and has pledged to give some of his prize money to the hospital he lives in.
Colin Thackery, 89, pictured left, wowed the audience after performing Love Changes Everything for the finale last Sunday night and came away with the £250,000 top prize.
After having served in the military for 25 years, Colin lives in the Royal Hospital Chelsea with about 300 other veterans.
Colin has said he wants to help build a new activity centre and help his grandchildren get on the property ladder.
Colin spoke to ITV’s This Morning about his win: “I never thought for one minute I would get this far.
“A chap I know told me to audition for Britain’s Got Talent, and I told him ‘don’t be silly’ and he said ‘I challenge you to do it’… So I said ‘okay!’
I downloaded the form and sent it in. In a very short time, I got an acknowledgement back with a number and they said ‘you’re in!’
“First of all the hospital, we are a charity and we’re always collecting for something. We’ve got a new visitor and activity centre that we’d like to build. I’d love to think that I set the whole thing off.
“And of course I’ve got family. I’ve got grandchildren that want to get on the property ladder.”