Toy Mic Trev makes surprise comeback
BUSKING hero Toy Mic Trev made a surprise return to Cardiff on Saturday – just weeks after we brought him back to the city.
Trev, real name Trevor Rees, decided he would hit the streets for a sing-song when he was at home in Pentre, in the Rhondda, on Friday.
Overwhelmed by the response he received from readers, he pledged to come back every week to treat the crowds.
“I came up by bus,” the 80-yearold said.
“I got the bus up from Pentre to Ponty and the Cardiff bus up the motorway. It took about an hourand-a-half.”
Wearing a black puffer jacket and with his red and yellow mic in hand, Trev hoped to make wads of cash. Some days he has walked away with £150.
“I’m 80 now and it is 14 years to the day since I started,” he said.
“Last time people wanted to know where I had been. because they thought I was dead,” he said.
“But I’m still here. I’m going to do a bit now, but I don’t know what I am going to sing.
“I hope I’ll make some cash. I don’t know how much, the last time I came up I made £100.”
Trev stepped up to his regular spot on a corner between Queen Street’s Boots and JD Sports at about noon.
“I’m coming back,” he said. “I’m making a comeback.”
Trev is enjoying his new lease of life.
“I think I’ll come down next week,” he said. “Friday and Saturday are the best days.”
The vocalist remembered the first time he sang at his spot.
“It was brilliant that first time because people came and put the money in and I was getting it left, right, and centre,” he said. “It seems like yesterday, time goes so quickly. When you get old time flies by in a flash in the pan.
“When you’re young time goes so slowly,” he said. Friend Colin Thomas found Trev’s regular haunt for him.
“He was looking for a place to sing, and I said to him to go by here because if you listen the acoustics are good,” the 69-yearold cleaner from Ely said.
“Trevor was singing in other areas and places, but he came here and started singing and I said, ‘That sounds good, it sounds like an echo.’
“Ever since, Trev has picked this spot.”
Passer-by Craig Butcher, who works at gadget shop Menkind, remembered seeing Trev when he was a kid.
The 26-year-old, from Barry, said he was amazed to see Trev hitting the high notes on Queen Street. “It’s great to see him,” he said. “I just remember you would hear him from down the street.
“I completely forgot about him until I saw him on WalesOnline.”