John Neill, who was part of the Doncaster duo 2Grand along with his granddaughter Sallie Lax, who reached the finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2009 has died.
John, who lost his wife Joan to cancer 3 days before auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent, had been battling cancer for some time but had continued to perform while receiving treatment, John and his family decided to keep the treatment quiet, as they didn't want to upset the fans.
A statement from Susan his daughter was posted on 2 Grand's official Facebook page on Saturday 6th September “It is with great sadness I must write that Granddad John the nations favourite granddad passed away this evening at 7.10pm. He was a great man, loving father, granddad and great granddad. He will be sadly missed by many people xxx”
It has been a life-changing weekend for a talented singer from Lincolnshire whose group Collabro won Britain's Got Talent on Saturday. Since then Thomas Leak from Louth, and his four bandmates, have been caught up in the whirlwind that is their new-found fame.
Thomas' family could not be more proud of what he has achieved, but as Ben Erlam has been finding out, the first thing Thomas wants to buy with his prize money is a tumble drier:
The manager at Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre says he is not surprised that Collabro, including the town's Thomas Leak, won Britain's Got Talent at the weekend. Roy Hobson saw him perform in productions there before joining the musical theatre quintet.
The mother of Louth singer Thomas Leak, whose group Collabro won Britain's Got Talent on Saturday, is thanking people in his home town for their support. Gabriella McCree spent last week filling the town with posters and flyers and says the weekend will change her son's life forever:
Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro admit they are still struggling to believe they won the show. The singers, including Thomas Leak from Louth, only got together a month before their first audition and now hope to use their new fame to bring musical theatre songs to a younger audience.
Musical theatre boy band Collabro are the winners of Britain's Got Talent after they finishing ahead of opera singer Lucky Kay and young rap duo Bars and Melody in tonight's final.
Vocal harmony group Jack Pack finished fourth, illusionist Darcy Oake came fifth and 15-year-old singer James Smith was sixth.
It has launched the careers of Diversity, Spelbound and of course Paul Potts but tomorrow night a singer from Lincolnshire will be hoping to add his name to the list as he competes in the final of Britain's Got Talent with his group Collabro.
Thomas Leak, from near Louth, performs with the theatre act group, who are among the bookies' favourites to win the competition, as Adam Fowler reports: