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The Queen would have loved my act, says BGT's Jeffrey Drayton

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 June 2015

Britain's Got Talent star and Asda handyman,Jeffrey Drayton with his doll Chantelle.

Britain's Got Talent star and Asda handyman,Jeffrey Drayton with his doll Chantelle.

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"If I could have performed for the Queen she would have loved it. I feel that Britain's Got Talent have missed out on the best opportunity they have ever had to get the Queen laughing."

What does the future hold?

Mr Drayton is now turning his attentions to other television appearances, while he is finalising plans for a new

website with the possibility of selling some souvenir memorabilia.

He has also written a book of poems about everyday items that will also soon be available.

“Whenever anyone recognises me they come up to me and the first thing they do is laugh and then they talk to me. That cannot be beaten,” said Mr Drayton.

“If there was a billboard down the road that said Jeff Drayton and Chantel will be at a certain theatre, then the place would be filled.

“I felt that I had achieved my goal in life having given so many people so much pleasure and that is an amazing feeling.”

That is the view of Asda handyman Jeffrey Drayton, 73, who has been reflecting on achieving national stardom after reaching the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent alongside his popular side-kick Chantel.

Mr Drayton, who lives in Hopton, finished eighth out of the nine acts taking part in his live semi-final.

But, buoyed by his experience, he has described how he is now regularly approached for pictures and autographs.

After his successful first performance, Mr Drayton had to wait a couple of weeks before finding out he had been chosen for the live shows.

Britain's Got Talent star and Asda handyman,Jeffrey Drayton with his doll Chantelle.Britain's Got Talent star and Asda handyman,Jeffrey Drayton with his doll Chantelle.

“To be able to stand up there and perform live meant that I couldn’t make a mistake because there is lots of money spent on the production,” Mr Drayton said.

“The support was unbelievable and I wanted to do my best to make people laugh. I only got two minutes but I didn’t rush it, once you are out there you cannot turn back.”

Mr Drayton had planned a big finale for the live final and possibly for his appearance at the Royal Variety Show, but plans were scuppered when he did not receive enough public votes.

“Obviously I was going to use the cannon and I was going to go even bigger by incorporating a helicopter and sing a song about Chantel,” Mr Drayton added.

“People have missed out and there is no way the Queen would have stopped laughing.

“Simon Cowell seems to think she is posh and she is not meant to laugh and she can only clap and be amazed but she would have absolutely loved it.

“I had even written a script for the Queen.”

What did you think of Mr Drayton’s act? Email joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk

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