A young man described as having “remarkable ability” by famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket is the May winner of the Golden Wellington award.
Martin Finn, from Atherton near Wigan in Greater Manchester, is 22 years old and suffers from autism, a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people.
Jimmy said: “Martin’s condition is so significant that it prevents him from speaking in sentences.
“However, he has a miraculous talent of not only being able to remember song lyrics after listening to them, but a tremendous vocal gift of being able to sing these songs with great prowess.”
When Jimmy heard about Martin, he invited him to one of his jam nights at St Vincent’s RC parish centre in Norden, Rochdale.
Martin not only wowed everyone present during the evening with his great singing talent, but Jimmy used the opportunity to present him with the Golden Wellington monthly award.
Jimmy added: “There has been much recent interest in Martin. As his parents originally hail from the Ireland, he is about to appear on RTE – Ireland’s national TV channel – and in particular on their flagship chat show called The Late Late Show [the longest-running programme of its kind in the world].
“There is also a fundraising quest currently active to raise enough money for Martin to record his own CD.”