VIDEO: Opera singer busker wows shoppers in Lincoln's High Street
A man stood under Lincoln’s Stonebow, in a baseball cap, chains and hoodie - but he proved to shoppers that appearances can definitely be deceptive.
With a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in tow, shoppers could be forgiven for keeping their heads down as they skirted round him.
That was until 23-year-old Maxwell Thorpe took them by surprise with a booming opera performance.
The singer from Sheffield has grabbed the attention of the tabloids as he travelled the UK – with his Staffie cross Shar Pei dog Humphrey.
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But they both spent the day in Lincoln on Friday, October 4, as he sang in front of shoppers.
“I’ve been singing all my life,” Maxwell explained.
“When I was 14 I took singing lessons, so I did my grades. I just loved singing and thought that was the way to go in life.”
He said that moving schools from private to public had inspired him to look at other people and their styles.
“It is a mix of hanging around with them and looking at their style and thinking yeah I like that, I like hip-hop culture; I suppose I am a bit of a mish-mash," he said.
“This is my normal style, nothing special. I could be out here and wearing tie-die.”
He added: “I wouldn’t wear a shell suit or anything like that, this is probably the most fanatical I’d dress in this stereotype.
“I’ve got T-shirts I wear, my jeans and a t shirt but people would still say 'He is a chav because he has short hair'.
“It’s a disgusting word, but it has an entity now. Hopefully we will stop that stereotyping.”
Watch a video of him performing here.