Leg­endary busker Toy Mic Trev’s back for a fi­nal farewell

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - DAVID OWENS david.owens@waleson­line.co.uk

AF­TER more than 10 years, leg­endary busker Toy Mic Trev re­turned to the streets of Cardiff city cen­tre for an emo­tional come­back fol­low­ing over­whelm­ing pub­lic de­mand.

Our web­site WalesOn­line re­cently dis­cov­ered Toy Mic Trev, whose real name is Trevor Rees, was alive and well and liv­ing in Pen­tre in the Rhondda af­ter dis­ap­pear­ing from his fa­mil­iar busk­ing spot more than a decade ago.

The re­sponse to the story was in­cred­i­ble, with an un­prece­dented out­pour­ing of joy and af­fec­tion for the singer who al­ways used a dis­tinc­tive plas­tic toy echo mi­cro­phone.

The tale quickly took on a life of its own, with read­ers shar­ing their mem­o­ries of the lit­tle man with the big voice who used to sing in Queen Street.

There was one con­stant re­quest among the thou­sands of com­ments and that was for Trev to make a re­turn for one last farewell.

So we asked the crooner, who last week cel­e­brated his 80th birth­day, if he would be will­ing to re­visit his old haunt for an im­promptu per­for­mance.

Hap­pily, he agreed. Trev said: “I would love to re­turn for one last per­for­mance. “I’ve been over­whelmed by the re­sponse to the story.

“It means so much to me that peo­ple re­mem­bered me and en­joyed my songs.

“I couldn’t be­lieve the re­ac­tion. I haven’t stopped smil­ing.

“That’s why I de­cided to come back to Cardiff and re­visit the old spot where I sang.”

As a toy mic was placed at the ex­act place where Trev used to sing, peo­ple looked on quizzi­cally.

Crowds quickly gath­ered and Queen Street was soon filled with gasps and cheers as passers-by be­gan to re­alise Toy Mic Trev was back.

Along­side hushed whis­pers of “Oh my God – that’s Toy Mic Trev” and “Re­mem­ber him?”, a num­ber of peo­ple whipped out their mo­bile phones, keen to snap a pic­ture of the mys­te­ri­ous Cardiff leg­end.

Oth­ers cheered and clapped as Trev went smoothly from one song to the next, de­scrib­ing his per­for­mance as “amaz­ing” and “fan­tas­tic”.

One woman who stopped to watch the per­for­mance said: “I think it’s beau­ti­ful to find some­one who can stand there and sing and love it. And we’re lov­ing it too.”

An­other man said: “It’s fab­u­lous to see Trev back. Well done Trev, back in town.

“He’s a child­hood mem­ory for many of us – old Toy Mic Trev.

“I can see his mic has changed colour, mind!”

In be­tween songs, fans told Trev they were glad to see him back in his old spot while chuck­ing a few coins in his hat which lay on the floor.

And while the older crowds in­stantly recog­nised the iconic Cardiff crooner, many young­sters also gath­ered around, equally en­thralled by the com­mo­tion sur­round­ing the leg­end.

One lit­tle girl could be heard ask­ing: “Mam, who’s that?” with the mother re­ply­ing: “That’s a leg­end.”

And the cheers didn’t stop af­ter his per­for­mance – as Trev was then pre­sented with a cake in the shape of a toy mic cre­ated by su­gar­craft artist Gareth Davies of Let Them See Cake in Vic­to­ria Park, Cardiff. As his face lit up, the grow­ing crowd joined to­gether to sing a ren­di­tion of Happy Birth­day.

“It’s been great. It’s nice to be back on my home soil,” Trev said.

“Can I sing an­other song now?”

RICHARD WIL­LIAMS

Street en­ter­tainer Toy Mike Trev back on the streets of Cardiff

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