War hero Colin Thack­ery WINS show

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The 89-year-old, who served in the mil­i­tary for 25 years, said he was 'as­ton­ished' when he was an­nounced as the win­ner

War hero Colin Thack­ery has won Bri­tain's Got Tal­ent and the chance to per­form in front of the Queen af­ter cap­tur­ing the hearts of the na­tion with his per­for­mance of 'Love

changes Ev­ery­thing.' The 89-year-old, who served in the mil­i­tary for 25 years, said he was 'as­ton­ished' when he was an­nounced as the win­ner of the ITV show last night.

Colin had sailed through to the fi­nal af­ter wow­ing au­di­ences in the au­di­tions singing 'We'll

Meet Again' in a trib­ute to his late wife Joan, who he mar­ried in 1950 be­fore be­ing sent to fight in the Korean War. The Chelsea Pen­sioner served in the 45th reg­i­ment of the Royal Ar­tillery, the Queen's Army, and was one of the 100,000 Bri­tish troops sent to the Korean penin­sula.

On the bat­tle­field, his hear­ing was per­ma­nently dam­aged by ar­tillery fire and he suf­fered frost­bite in one leg, but it was in the army where his mu­si­cal tal­ents blos­somed and where he per­formed in a band.

Speak­ing af­ter he was crowned this year's cham­pion last night, he said: 'I am stuck for words for a change. Thank you very much, all of you, for all the back­ing I've had.'

Ear­lier in the show he de­clared he could 'die happy' if he won the se­ries. The prize for the show is £250k plus a slot at the Royal Va­ri­ety Per­for­mance,

singing be­fore the Queen. He added: 'I have served her for 25 years, to sing in front of her would be a dream come true.

' Af­ter his ren­di­tion of Love Changes Ev­ery­thing ear­lier in the evening, judge Amanda Holden ap­peared to pre­dict the show's out­come, com­ment­ing: 'You are unbeatable. You're a gentleman, I re­spect you, you in­spire me, ev­ery­one loves you.'

'This isn't about the glitz and the glamour for you. Or about fame. You served your coun­try and I hope tonight they serve you.'

Cham­pion: War hero Colin Thack­ery has won Bri­tain's Got Tal­ent 2019.

Ear­lier in the show he de­clared he could 'die happy' if he won the se­ries. The prize for the show is £250k

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