A pensioner who found fame on TV show Britain's Got Talent has vowed to carry on break dancing despite seeing his benefit stopped. Fred Bowers , 73, from Leicestershire, was an instant hit when he performed the act, honed on dance floors seven days a week, in front of millions of viewers on ITV's popular show. But fame, it seems, came at a price for the former soldier, whose £50-a-month Motability cash payments were halted when he was reported and investigators found he did not meet the required criteria.
Mr Bowers is now under investigation by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which has yet to decide if the Loughborough OAP should still get his £70-a-week disability benefit.
The pensioner, who is a regular at clubs in Loughborough, including the students union, said, "it might be unusual but I like doing it, I taught myself. I am doing something for the people, not the newspapers. I have got a fantastic reaction. They have stopped my benefit but it won't stop me from dancing. I have done nothing wrong, but if I have to pay I will pay."
The DWP declined to comment on the case.