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Singing bike dealer (84) gets TV Talent vote

Turn on, tune in, and vote for singing duo The Pensionaires on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. 

You may have seen 84-year-old Henry Hall (pictured left) and his 75-year-old pal Malcolm on last Saturday’s show getting unanimous Yes votes from the four judges to go through to the semi-finals and a chance to appear before the royal family.

What the show didn’t tell you is that Henry has been a bike dealer all his working life. He joined Cusworths of Doncaster as a 14-year-old, took the business over in 1965, and then passed it to his son Chris in 1990.

Cusworths had most of the leading franchises including the Japanese Big Four. While the Cusworths of Doncaster name was last used in 2009, Chris runs Chris Hall Motorcycles of Doncaster, dealing mainly in second-hand bikes and classics, and father Henry attends the premises most days. 

A scrambler and trials rider in his younger days, Henry was singing in clubs as a young man and considered turning professional. But the beat of bike engines was the sound that appealed to him most, so he stayed with the bike trade.

While you read this Friday e-letter he and Malcolm are heading for Elstree Studios for BGT rehearsals. They are due to appear on TV one evening next week, date unknown at this stage. The final is to be televised on Sunday evening 4 June on ITV1. During the shows a telephone number is listed for viewers to cast votes. So dial in for the Doncaster duo.



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