Derek Sandy’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent show has unfortunately come to an abrupt end.
Derek, who thrilled the audience and the judges in the opening round with his famous song ‘Welcome to the Isle of Wight’ was called on stage with another group of hopefuls, only to be told he would be ‘going home’.
It ended his hopes of winning thr £250,000 first prize, and performing at the Royal Variety show later in the year.
So it was back to the day job. But just before the outcome was announced on TV, Derek took his unique brand of musical entertainment to Shanklin Esplanade. He played a small set in an event organised by Island Roads following the completion of work to upgrade the Esplanade.
Derek changed the lyrics of his ‘Welcome to the Isle of Wight’ song during one verse to say ‘welcome to the Esplanade’.
Opening the event, Cllr Beston thanked Island Roads for their good work. He also mentioned Neil and Marie Cole from Sail and Surf Café who had provided power for the event.
Ian Saunders, Island Roads’ Project manager, said: “This scheme wouldn’t have been possible without the tremendous support received from all the local businesses, the residents, and Councillors Quirk and Beston so I’d like to extend a big thank you on behalf of myself and the rest of the team.