Britain’s Got Talent winner Colin Thackery says he is loving the female attention his victory has brought – The Sun

BRITAIN’S Got Talent winner Colin Thackery has become an unlikely hit with the ladies after finding fame at 89.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun, widower Colin said: “I don’t think I’m a heart-throb but I’m getting a lot of attention from the ladies. I’m not complaining mind you!

“As a Chelsea Pensioner you get used to having your picture taken.

“Every time we go out in our scarlet coats we get recognised.

“It’s just that now people want their picture taken with me for a different reason.”

He joked: “But if I get drunk and fall out of a nightclub I’ll make sure no one sees me.”

The British war veteran was crowned the ITV show’s winner on Sunday night after impressing with his rendition of Michael Ball’s Love Changes Everything.

He beat last year’s Golden Buzzer act Marc Spellman, who performed as mysterious magician X, to the top prize of £250,000.

He also landed his dream of performing for The Queen at the Royal Variety Show in November.

Colin — who was in the Royal Artillery for 25 years and served in the Korean War — celebrated his win with a glass of wine.

He said he would be treating his family to a holiday with some of his winnings.

And he will be making a large donation to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, which he moved to following the death of his wife of 66 years, Joan, in 2016.

Colin admitted: “My celebration was very mild.

“I was told my family — there were nine of them there — were waiting in the dressing room.

“My sons had already bought a couple of bottles of wine so they were well ensconced.

“And my daughter surprised me as she’d had buttons made with my face on and they had scarlet T-shirts with Colin’s Got Talent written on it.

“They’re all very proud and I know Joan would be too.

“One of my daughter’s friends got married to an officer in the Rifles and he said to tell me, ‘The Army are all behind you.’ It was wonderful of them.

“I will treat my family to a nice holiday or get something nice for them. And I want to make a donation to the new activity centre in the hospital.

“I want to put some cash into that because it would benefit so many people.

“I don’t think I’ll treat myself to anything as I have what I need! I wouldn’t waste money on a sports car or anything like that — I’ve got a Freedom Pass.

“Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden said some lovely things after I won — so did Alesha Dixon and David Walliams. I’ve had the most fantastic time.”

Colin even let judge Amanda try on his famous scarlet jacket.

The Sun yesterday revealed how Sony Music were lining up Colin for an album deal. The OAP could not hide his excitement about the possibility of releasing his debut recording.

Colin said: “The album would be lovely, I thought it might happen and now I’ve got some ideas of what I’d love to sing.

“The songs would be old classics, there are some lovely songs from my era, in the post-World War era. I love singing ballads.

“But don’t bet on me to be Christmas Number One, the odds would be millions to one.” After winning the series on Sunday night, Colin said: “I don’t feel like I need any time off, I’ve got plenty of energy.

“I have a lovely gym which I can attend quite regularly and we have marvellous staff who really are beyond compare.

“I just never thought this would happen. I thought the other chap was going to win.

“I’m determined just to enjoy it all, for as long as it lasts.”



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