Drumming band The Highwaymen forced to pull out of Britain's Got Talent 2011


If you thought you'd heard the last of the Royal Wedding then think again, as unfortunately for one Britain's Got Talent act it has forced them out of the competition. The nine Marines, called the Highwaymen, earned a standing ovation at their Glasgow audition, however have had to back out of the show.

According to The Sun, they were later called up to cover for military colleagues on duty at the big bash of Wills and Kate last month, meaning they had to miss the second round of auditions. The paper claims that a further shortfall was caused by a band being sent to Afghanistan.

34-year-old band leader Stuart Warmington, 34 told the newspaper: "We're all active soldiers. One of the bands was sent to Afghanistan and others are playing at the wedding so we were needed for operational duty."

They group said they planned to split the £100,000 prize between Help for Heroes and a Marines charity if they made it all the way. Stuart said being on Britain's Got Talent "was an amazing experience."

Their original audition, which saw them tipped for the final, was shown on last night's show.

Watch The Hghwaymen on Britain's Got Talent 2011 here

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