A YATELEY father-of-four has given up his £45,000-a-year job to sing like Sinatra.
Frederick Gardner (right), former national sales manager for Evostik Bostik, is aiming to make a name for himself singing in the style of the great crooner.
Swapping a career in sales for the uncertainties of showbusiness represents a huge gamble, especially for someone aged 47. Frederick, of Firglen Drive, Yateley, said: "It wasn't an easy decision giving up the security of a job with a pension and the rest of it.
"But I'd reached the point where I was getting so many offers as a semi-professional singer that I couldn't do both jobs." So what was the reaction of his wife, Julie, to his decision to turn his back on his well-paid day job? "She's a bit nervous," replied Frederick.
He discovered he could recreate the Sinatra sound while singing along to "Ol' Blue Eyes' " records in the 1970s. Since then he has appeared on television, including "Stars in Their Eyes" which called him back for a Christmas special. He also appeared on the Spanish version of the show. Last year he appeared on the same bill as Tom Jones in Cyprus.
Frederick, who turned professional at the end of last year, has recorded his first CD - "My Songs His Way" - which includes such popular Sinatra numbers as "Chicago" and "The Lady is a Tramp". He said with a smile: "So far I've no regrets about deciding to do it my way."