BGT winner Colin Thackery, 89, greets fans while food shopping

Britain’s Got Talent winner Colin Thackery, 89, enjoys his new-found fame as he greets fans while food shopping… before taking the bus home

He brought the nation to tears with his moving rendition of Love Changes Everything, in memory of his late wife Joan in the Britain’s Got Talent grande finale.

And BGT winner Colin Thackery seemed to be enjoying his new-found fame as he was greeted by fans while out shopping for food in Chelsea on Sunday.

Despite winning a whopping £250,000 in the competition, the war hero, 89, showed off his frugal side as he hopped on a bus back to his retirement home at the Royal Hospital Chelsea after a trip to Marks & Spencer. 

Humble: Britain’s Got Talent winner Colin Thackery showed fame hadn’t gone to his headed as he went food shopping in Chelsea on Sunday

Lugging a trolley, Colin was immaculately dressed in a dark black uniform and military cap. 

The talented singer attracted a crowd of excited fans as headed into M&S for his weekly food shop. 

During his outing, Colin delightedly stopped to talk and pose for photos with devoted Britain’s Got Talent viewers. 

Sweet: The talented singer attracted a crowd of excited fans as headed into Marks and Spencer for his weekly food shop

Feeling peckish: Colin got back to normality after a whirlwind couple of weeks on the hit ITV show

Old school charm: Colin attracted the attention of several female ladies as he strolled around Chelsea with his food trolley 

Modest: Despite winning a whopping £250,000 in the competition, the war hero, 89, showed off his frugal side as he hopped on a bus back to the Royal Hospital Chelsea

War hero: Lugging a trolley, Colin was immaculately dressed in a dark black uniform and military cap

Colin’s outing comes after he revealed how he plans to spend his £250,000 prize money on the Royal Hospital Chelsea and on his grandchildren.

The pensioner, who served in the military for 25 years, lives in the Royal Hospital Chelsea as one of some 300 veterans of the British army. 

Colin plans on using his cash prize to help his grandchildren get on the property ladder. ‘Well first of all, the hospital. We’re a charity and we’ve got a new centre we’re wanting to build.’ he said on This Morning earlier this week. 

Kind-hearted: He happily chatted away to fellow shoppers, who wanted to take photos with him

Floral: Wearing his prestigious army uniform, the vocalist inspected bouquets of flowers 

Scrumptious: He picked up some freshly baked bread

Commuter: With a full trolley of shopping, the pensioner waited at the bus stop 

True gentleman: He waited patiently behind other shoppers 

Heading home: Colin, who served in the military for 25 years, lives in the Royal Hospital Chelsea as one of some 300 veterans of the British army

‘I’d love to think I set the whole thing off. I’ve got family. Grandchildren wanting to get on the property ladder and that sort of thing.’ 

Asked what was going through his mind when he was announced as the winner, Colin admitted he couldn’t believe it.

He said: ‘Astonished really. My ambition was to be on the telly once, dressed like this. But it’s gone on and on.’

Colin recalled what motivated him to enter Britain’s Got Talent, explaining it came about after a challenge from a man at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Splendid: The wartime hero brought the nation to tears with his moving rendition of Love Changes Everything in memory of his late wife Joan in the Britain’s Got Talent grande finale

Talkative: Colin chatted away on the phone as he strolled around Chelsea 

Million dollar smile: He headed into the dentist before heading home 

He said: ‘It was a bit of a challenge. We have a tradition every month at the hospital. The last Friday of the month, curry is served. 

‘A friend of mine used to sing for about an hour afterwards. Coming off the stage, one chap came to me and said: “Isn’t it about time you did what you say you’re going to do? You said when you get older, if you don’t use singing, you’ll lose it.”

‘He said: “Go on BGT and I said oh that’s silly.” He said: “I’ll challenge you to do it.” I downloaded the form and sent it in and then got the acknowledgement back and they said you’re in.’ 

Tremendous: Colin’s outing comes after he revealed how he plans to spend his £250,000 prize money on the Royal Hospital Chelsea and on his grandchildren

Commendable: Colin plans on using his cash prize to help his grandchildren get on the property ladder. ‘Well first of all, the hospital. We’re a charity’

Say cheese! Colin posed for a photo with a young female fan

Colin had sailed through to the final after wowing audiences a 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 l, he said: ‘I am stuck for words for a change. Thank you very much, all of you, all the backing I’ve had.’

Life-changing: Speaking after he was crowned this year’s champion l, he said: ‘I am stuck for words for a change. Thank you very much, all of you, all the backing I’ve had’

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