Britain’s Gran Talent: Singer, 96, with Alzheimer’s will become BGT’s oldest ever contestant when she takes to the stage in pre-recorded ITV show
By the time they reach their nineties, most people have ticked off a hefty chunk of their bucket list.
But Nora Barton, 96, will tonight fulfil her dream of singing at the London Palladium – becoming the oldest ever contestant on Britain’s Got Talent to boot.
She will perform The Loveliest Night Of The Year from 1951 film The Great Caruso with her daughter Pam Dimbleby, 65, who will accompany her on the piano.
Nora Barton, 96, will tonight fulfil her dream of singing at the London Palladium – becoming the oldest ever contestant on Britain’s Got Talent to boot
Mrs Barton, who started singing as a child, has Alzheimer’s and hopes to prove that despite her illness, life shouldn’t be put on hold.
Speaking on behalf of her mother before the pre-recorded show tonight, Mrs Dimbleby told the Mail: ‘People have loved Mum’s voice for years and have said, “She should go on Britain’s Got Talent”, but I’ve always hesitated.
‘This time, when it was suggested, my husband said, “You’ve got to give her the chance”.
‘To sing on the stage at the Palladium with a full house is our way of giving her the experience of her life. Music is magic! Mum can still sing even though many basic things have disappeared.’
Mrs Barton (left, pictured in her 40s), who started singing as a child, has Alzheimer’s and hopes to prove that despite her illness, life shouldn’t be put on hold
The mother-of-one, who lives in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, with her daughter, has sung for senior citizens’ groups and care homes.
Until the lockdown, Mrs Barton sang with Mrs Dimbleby and her husband Rod at their gigs.
Mrs Barton will no doubt be cheered on by her adult step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren Ethan, 12, and Naomi, ten.
When Mrs Dimbleby asked her mother what singing at the Palladium was like, she ‘broke out into song and into a massive smile’.
‘She just loves performing, so when she got on to the stage and saw the audience… she just went into performing mode and she loved every minute of it.’
Britain’s Got Talent continues on ITV tonight at 8pm.
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