Walter’s out to show that he’s got talent

Walter Fowler impressed at the 'Britain's Got Talent' auditions.
Walter Fowler impressed at the 'Britain's Got Talent' auditions.

With 70 years of practice under his belt, harmonica player Walter Fowler decided he was ready for his first talent competition.

So he applied for the biggest one in the UK!

Walter (84), from Larbert, auditioned for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ - and impressed them with his dapper appearance and flawless performance.

Walter started playing the harmonica when he was 15 and has entertained the customers at the Victoria Inn in Carronshore for the past 19 years.

He does a lot of community and charity work with his moothie, and has played in dozens of old folks homes.

But he says appearing on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ was his biggest challenge to date.

The retired handyman, who used to run Temptations ladieswear boutique in Torwood with his daughter Agnes, said: “I went along to the Glasgow auditions and had been waiting in the queue for about an hour when one of the production people approached me.

“He said I was the best dressed gent in the queue and when he found out I was a harmonica player asked me to play for the crowd, which I did.

“They then wired me up with a microphone and took me on a journey around Glasgow to play the harmonica.

“I was playing at the train station and Glasgow subway. I got a standing ovation on the underground and even got a few kisses and cuddles from the audience!”

Walter, a widower, was born in Slamannan and moved to Larbert when he was 10. He has lived there ever since.

He has worked as a barber, tiler and run his own business, lastly working in maintenance with his daughter’s company Ash Properties.

But for all that time he has always played the harmonica.

He added: “Sometimes if I’m struggling to sleep, I’ll just sit up and play all night long. I find it really relaxing and I’ve always played - even though Agnes isn’t the biggest fan of it. She’d always tell me to give it a rest, so I didn’t tell her I was going on the show until after I’d auditioned.”

Walter performed three tunes including ‘Doon in the Wee Hoose’ in front of a panel of television producers and will find out in the new year if he has progressed to the next round to play in front of the Britain’s Got Talent judges - media guru Simon Cowell, singer Alesha Dixon, comedian David Walliams and actress Amanda Holden.

Gordon Smith, owner of the Victoria Inn in Carronshore, said he hopes the pensioner does well.

“Walter is a real gent, and certainly the best dressed man in the area. You never see him looking anything short of immaculate,” he said.

“He’s been coming in here for years and entertaining the customers with his moothie. He is a lovely guy and I hope he does well on the show, he deserves it.”