Ethel Foster, 91, fought back tears as she told of cerebral palsy sufferer Lee Ridley's amazing self belief.
Widow Ethel told how Lee refused to let his life be blighted by cerebral palsy, which became evident when he was only two. And asked about his fall shortly before the final, she insisted there was no chance of him missing his bid for the big-time. That bravery saw him triumph on the ITV talent show on Sunday with his hilarious act delighting the audience.
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Lee told millions of fans that he was from Newcastle, where he is a popular act in pubs and clubs. But he was brought up in the village of Medomsley, Co Durham, by his dad David, 61, who has recently retired as a sales rep, and mum Janet, 62, a former cancer nurse.
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Lee, who speaks through a voice app, will perform in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance. I just hope she likes them or I might end up in the Tower of London.
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Or having to talk to Prince Charles. After beating fellow comic Robert White in the final, he was determined to have a low-key evening. So this time I managed to stay upright all night.
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