For 2019, Britain’s Got Talent is all wrapped up, with the final taking place on Sunday, June 2nd.
Singer Colin Thackery sailed through to the final after going through the rounds of auditions and live shows.
Colin won the public vote and is officially the eldest ever Britain’s Got Talent winner!
So, just how old is Colin Thackery?
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Colin Thackery: Age and bio
Colin Thackery is an 89-year-old war veteran.
He joined the army in 1946 at the age of 15 and was in the Royal Artillery for over 25 years.
Over the years he has been stationed in Malaysia, then Korea during the war in the 1950s.
After the war, Colin became an AIG (Instructor in Gunnery) before retiring.
Colin is my winner, crying already #bgt
— M ? (@Sugar_Plum_90) May 29, 2019
Who was Colin’s wife?
Colin met his wife, Joan, during service. They married instantly and she would travel with him and “make a home” wherever they went. Colin and Joan went on to have two children together.
Recounting his story in an interview, Colin says he told his children that if Joan passed away before him, he would like to be in the Royal Hospital Chelsea for British war veterans.
They were married for 66 years before she sadly passed in 2017.
Colin has been at the Royal Hospital since.
Colin in the BGT Final!
Colin moved everyone with his audition, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
But it was his performances in the semi-finals and the final which really choked up viewers.
He sang ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Vera Lynn – a famous wartime singer – alongside his fellow Chelsea Pensioners and against a backdrop of photos of Colin and Joan during the semi-final.
His final performance was truly a standout moment of the series, however, as he sang Michael Ball’s ‘Love Changes Everything’.
— Jessica ? (@JessSandi) May 29, 2019
There were many people rooting for Colin and every time he performed he had standing ovations from the crowd, the judges and probably the viewers at home… so, it looked like Colin was in with a real chance of taking home the win this year – and that’s exactly what he did!
Watch what Colin had to say about winning Britain’s Got Talent 2019 below!
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