09:57AM, Tuesday 31 May 2016
A tribute to one of his ‘biggest inspirations in magic’ saw a soldier in Windsor’s Household Calvary crowned the winner of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.
Richard Jones beat singer Wayne Woodward into first place, bagging the £250,000 cash prize and a slot at the Royal Variety Performance.
An estimated eight million people tuned in to watch the 25-year-old win the competition on Saturday, as he told the story of fellow solider and magician Fergus Anckorn.
Fergus became one of the youngest members of The Magic Circle in 1936 before enlisting in the Royal Artillery at the outbreak of the Second World War.
Spending three years in a prisoner of war camp, the magician kept spirits high by performing tricks for prisoners and guards, gaining extra food for himself and his friends.
Richard repeated one of Fergus’ favourite tricks, ripping up a card which judge Amanda Holden had signed and setting it alight, before completely restoring it.
He then introduced Fergus, now 97, to the crowd.
Having been crowned champion by hosts Ant and Dec, Richard said: “I can’t believe it.
“Thank you so much to everyone who voted, it’s an incredible feeling.
“Everyone has been so supportive, thank you to everyone here and everyone watching at home. It means the world to me.”
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