WATCH: ‘I think we could be looking at the winner of Britain’s Got Talent’ - Resounding praise for Norwich Chelsea Pensioner
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A Chelsea Pensioner originally from Norwich could be the winner of Britain's Got Talent - according to one of the show's judges.
Colin Thackery, who used to live in Thorpe St Andrew, performed a song dedicated to his late wife Joan in the show's live semi-final on Wednesday night.
The Korean war veteran, who now lives The Royal Hospital in London, has been singing since he was eight years old, but after he met his wife Joan - who he married in 1950 - he said they sang together.
Mr Thackery described meeting his wife at a camp dance and he said they enjoyed singing together all their lives before she died in December 2016.
"We were like one person. I'm singing to her really," he said, before his performance of We'll Meet Again, which was released in 1939 and made famous by Vera Lynn.
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The four judges gave Mr Thackery - and his Chelsea pensioner colleagues who joined him on stage - a standing ovation.
Judge Alesha Dixon said: "There's just something about you, you have won our hearts and I know everyone watching at home is in love right now."
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While Amanda Holden added: "You and your colleagues, friends, are literally the backbone of this country, if it wasn't for you we wouldn't be here. I think if you've lost somebody that song is the song, isn't it?"
Show supremo Simon Cowell said: "That was bloody brilliant. What I really loved about that is it just reminds everybody what people like you did all those years ago and you're still standing and it was such a sincere performance."
He added: "Actually your voice was way better this time than it was in the first audition."
While David Walliams suggested Mr Thackery could go all the way and said: "For the first time this week I can honestly say I think we could be looking at the winner of Britain's Got Talent this year."
Before leaving the stage Mr Thackery, who was dressed in the full Scarlets, the uniform of the Chelsea Pensioners, with his service medals glinting under the lights, saluated Mr Cowell.