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Posted at 11:44 am on 6th December, 2018

Wellacre's Wall of Fame : Wayne Devlin

Wellacre instilled a love of the arts in former student Wayne Devlin; Music and Drama were his favourite subjects.  

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Since leaving Wellacre, he has performed all over the world, singing and acting on stage and on screen!  Wayne has performed as a Rat Pack vocalist, singing in Las Vegas casinos was a ‘personal highlight’. His career as a vocalist has seen Wayne sing for top name celebrities and VIPs including heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury, Coronation Street stars, and various politicians.  As an actor, he has worked with Hollywood producers and directors, and top name actors such as Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy.

Wayne said:

“Singing on television and on stages around the world is both thrilling to do and also a privilege that I'm very grateful for. I am still as passionate about my acting as I first was when attending Drama lessons at Wellacre! ”

Wayne’s weekly column in the Messenger Newspaper has meant his English lessons at Wellacre also come in handy!

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As well as his career in entertainment, Wayne and his wife, Val, have been recognised by the Queen for their charity work - together they have raised around £500,000.  

He adds:

“I feel very fortunate to have done, and continue to do, these amazing things and so I always try to give something back. My wife, Val, and I have raised money for various  local and national charities and community groups, and we’ve been honoured to receive several awards for our work. Meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Garden Party is a memory we will never forget!”

Wayne is also a parent of a former Wellacre student and continues to maintain his links with the school, returning as part of our Community Cohesion Day to offer a drama and music workshop.

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On his time at Wellacre, Wayne said:

“Wellacre set me on the right path with key skills that I still use to this day and I am both very grateful to the school and also very proud to call myself a former Wellacre student. I learned that commitment to my work, good manners and respect always open doors, as well as the vital lesson that hard work always pays off!  I have carried these tools with me throughout my career.

I wish all current and future Wellacre pupils every success in their studies and in their future adult lives.”