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Retired paramedic and 10-year-old celebrate guitar exam successes

PUBLISHED: 19:00 24 February 2019 | UPDATED: 15:52 26 February 2019

Colin Woollacott, 73, from Cromer, and James Watson, from North Walsham, sat their exams before Christmas. Photo: Simon Watson

Colin Woollacott, 73, from Cromer, and James Watson, from North Walsham, sat their exams before Christmas. Photo: Simon Watson

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A retired paramedic and a 10-year-old school boy have proved age is no barrier to hitting the right notes.

The pair, both from north Norfolk, have both achieved distinctions in their grade one guitar examinations.

Colin Woollacott, 73, from Cromer, and James Watson, from North Walsham, sat their exams before Christmas, and both achieved top grades for their performances.

Guitar teacher, Tim Mason, said: “They spent several months tirelessly practicing the pieces they chose, on the instrument they love.

“James, an incredibly talented youngster, was inspired to take up the classical guitar after watching his grandad play the mandolin, aims to take his playing to grade eight.

“Colin has a pragmatic approach to his studies, his main goal being to enjoy his playing and let the journey take him where it will. While exams aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, simply learning to play an instrument is a great way to relax.”

Mr Mason, who is trying to encourage more retired people to take up a musical instrument, can be contacted on classicalguitarist@btinternet.com.

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