Worcester's Got Talent

A veteran fundraiser is proving he’s got the X Factor this week as the oldest contestant in Worcester’s annual talent competition.

Reginald (Reg) Box, aged 92, is through to the second round of ‘Worcester’s Got Talent’, hoping to sing his way to victory on Wednesday 22nd December.

Reg made it through the first round last month with his rendition of Foster & Allan’s ‘You’re my Best Friend’. Over 90 people have entered the talent competition at Sin Bar in Worcester, all hoping to make it through to the final on January 19th 2011 and win the £5,000 prize money.

Not only is Reg hoping to prove himself as a local talent but he is also trying to raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance, a Charity he has raised £106,500 for during the last 14 years.

“It’s all very exciting” says Malvern resident Reg. “I’m not quite sure what song to sing on Wednesday, I’m trying to decide between Foster & Allan’s Memories or Picture in a Golden Frame. It would be great if I made it through to the final and even better if I manage to get some money for Midlands Air Ambulance.”

Aside from the talent contest Reg clocks up an average of two gigs a day driving himself all across Worcestershire and Gloucestershire to perform Charity sing-alongs at local rest and care homes. He has 21 bookings to fulfil between now and Christmas, including two on Christmas Eve.

Singing has always played a big part in Reg’s life. In 1940 at the age of 22 he sang alongside Vera Lyn whilst serving as a Bombardier in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War.

Midlands Air Ambulance would like to wish Reg the best of luck in the competition - we’re sure he will do brilliantly!


Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.