Herbie has got talent! He’s through to finals

ON STAGE Herbie on Britain's Got Talent this weekend
ON STAGE Herbie on Britain's Got Talent this weekend
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IT’S a big ‘yes’ for pub landlord Herbie Armstrong. who wowed Britain’s Got Talent judges to make it through to the TV show’s live finals.

Herbie, who runs The Fountain Inn, Rowlands Castle, was seen by millions of viewers on Saturday night as he auditioned in the competition.

TALENT SHOW Herbie Armstrong at The Fountain pub

TALENT SHOW Herbie Armstrong at The Fountain pub

But it wasn’t plain sailing for the 66-year-old – at first he thought he was getting the boot from the show.

Judge Amanda Holden stopped Herbie playing his own composition on Saturday night.

But then she asked him to play a better-known song, and he impressed with a cover of Van Morrison’s Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.

Herbie said: ‘When I was told to stop playing I was ready to unplug my guitar and walk off the stage.

‘Then I saw the other two judges look at each other and the crowds were going “boo”. Then Amanda asked if I could play something different and my brain went into overtime.

‘I was relieved when the audience was cheering and the judges voted me through.’

Herbie, who has been playing the guitar since he was 11 years old, was a backing musician for Van Morrison during the 1960s.

‘I have been on the Apollo Theatre stage before – as a bass guitarist for Van Morrison,’ he said.

‘This time it felt good to be performing at the front.’

Punters at the pub were also backing Herbie.

Bar manager Sandra Kinge said: ‘We were watching the programme and everyone was cheering.’