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Lemmy in Llandudno shares memories with Anglesey fan

Tom Holmes and Lemmy
Lemmy was in the Rocking Vicars and Hawkwind before Motorhead

A student who landed a surprise role in a film about Motorhead frontman Lemmy got the chance to meet his idol Saturday night.

The Motorhead lead singer, who spent his childhood on Anglesey and later worked in Llandudno Junction's Hotpoint factory, played his first north Wales gig in 35 years at Llandudno's Venue Cymru as part of the band's current UK tour.

"It was awesome," said Tom Holmes, who's been a big fan of Motorhead for years.

"Lemmy was really nice and we ended up having a laugh and chatting about loads of things. We shared a Jack Daniels and Coke which was really cool!

"I did mention that if I ever met Lemmy I'd have to get him to sign my arm and I'd get it tattooed. He did sign it, and it's really stinging as we speak!"

He couldn't believe it had taken 35 years to come back to play in Llandudno
Tom Holmes

Tom, a former pupil at Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones, Amlwch, owed his backstage pass to the American makers of the film Lemmy, who turned up at his - and Lemmy's - old school one day last year.

Producers Wes Orshoski and Greg Oliver visited the school on the off chance of grabbing some footage of modern-day pupils.

"Not only did we get those shots, but we were incredibly blessed that the headmaster let us interview a few students about what they had heard about Lemmy growing up there," said Wes.

"Then one student, Tom, sat down and started playing Lemmy's most famous song, Ace of Spades, on a school piano, as his classmates sang along.

Tom's tatoo.
He's said to be called Lemmy because he always used to say 'len'me a quid'

"It made for one of our favourite moments in the film, and Tom has become a friend."

When Tom heard there was a film crew in school, he was only too happy to tell them about his long-standing love of the metal band.

"I sat at the piano for a laugh and they recorded it," he said. "It's extremely embarrassing because I'm a terrible impersonator!

Tom inherited his love of Motorhead from his mother, who owns a 20-year-old leather jacket with the band's Overkill logo painted on the back.

"Lemmy signed the jacket and a CD with the message 'eat vitamins and die anyway'," said Tom.

Tom was aware before the documentary makers came to town that Lemmy had been a pupil at his school, but was never sure why he'd had to suddenly leave.

"I said I'd heard he'd been kicked out for playing guitar in the corridors. But he said it was because he'd hit the headmaster with a cane. I don't know if that's true though.

"He did also say he couldn't believe it had taken 35 years to come back to play in Llandudno, and that he might be back in another 35 years!"

Lemmy - the Movie has already been shown at film festivals and will be on limited release from December. A DVD will be released in early 2011.

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