Toy Mic Trev makes sur­prise come­back

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

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.”

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