LISTEN: Colin Thackery on his 'extraordinary' Britain's Got Talent journey

Tameside Radio have been speaking to Britain's Got Talent winner Colin Thackery ahead of his appearance at Thursday's special concert to raise funds for the £1m NHS Tameside and Glossop Scanner Appeal.

During the fascinating interview with presenter Scott Bruton, Colin reveals how one of his friends "dared" him to audition for Britain's Got Talent and explains his "extraordinary" journey to becoming the oldest winner of the ITV talent show last year at the age of 89. 

The Chelsea Pensioner, Korean War veteran and national treasure speaks about releasing his first album Love Changes Everything and what he likens his new-found fame to. 

Colin tells Scott about his experience of meeting members of the Royal Family after performing at the Royal Variety Performance - something every BGT winner has done since the show started in 2007. 

He also discusses how he's been coping during lockdown and what you can expect from his performance as the special guest for Thursday's concert. 

Colin will top the line-up of local artists as they 'Sing for the Scanner' in a virtual YouTube concert, which you can watch at 8pm on the night either below or by clicking here, where you can also set a reminder. 

The show will be compèred by Scott - Tameside Radio's breakfast co-presenter - and feature some of the most talented performers in Tameside. 

There will be performances by 16-year-old Maddison Peacock, Alan Kelly, Danni Rate and Shaun Sloan, who deliver a powerful mix of classical ballads, rock pop and country music. They will all be giving their talents and services for free.

There will be video messages of support too from Ashton MP Angela Rayner and the new Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Janet Cooper, who has chosen the Scanner Appeal as one of her official charities for her term of office. 

The idea is that throughout the hour-long concert, messages of how people can support the Appeal will scroll across the bottom of the screen. 

These will include ways to make a donation, or buy the Appeal’s distinctive jigsaw-shaped pin badges which cost £2.

Read more about the concert here

Listen to Scott's full interview with Colin Thackery at the top of the page. 

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