Britain’s Got Talent winner and Louth lad Thomas Leak returned to his roots with Collabro bandmates in a special concert at St James’ Church on Friday.
Collabro fans made up a full house in the church’s intimate surroundings after The Rotary Club of Louth secured the performance of the operatic five, which gave them the opportunity to help raise funds for the many local and national charities Rotary support.
Prior to their performance, Michael Auger, Matt Pagan, Jamie Lambert and Richard Hadfield, expressed their excitement about coming to Louth, but for Thomas Leak (stage name Redgrave), it was all about being able to come home.
“It is really, really nice to come back to Louth and perform at a venue where I spent seven years singing as a chorister, which shaped my voice and made me the person I am today.
“So it’s been great to be able to give something back.”
Whilst Thomas was able to spend the night at home, the remaining four stayed in a lodge at Kenwick Park with a rare day off that followed on the Saturday allowing Tom to catch up on some quality family time.
The others had the same plans in mind, but with some additions.
“I’m off to go and play some rugby,” Richard explained.
“I am actually going to see my friend play rugby and then end the day catching up with Eastenders and eating Malteasers,” Matt added.
When the Leader asked what the guys thought about Louth, Jamie said: “Louth is beautiful, I really like it here.
“This is the first church we‘ve performed at and it looks absolutely unbelievable. The sound and the lighting is just so good, it’s like our voices are bouncing off the walls.”
Collabro performed six out of the 10 songs from their number one debut album ‘Stars’ and came back on to perform an encore, which ended with a standing ovation and the deafening sound of applause and cheers from the audience.
After the performance, Thomas addressed the audience: “I would just like to say a big thank you to Louth really, there are so many people in this room that have been a real inspiration to me, something I will always be thankful for.”