Freedom! Train guard gives up job to go-go on George Michael tour

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A South Western Railway train guard has hung up his whistle for good as he chooses life as a George Michael tribute act. 

After serving customers on the railway for 16 years, Steve Mitchell took a year’s sabbatical, beginning in October 2018 to tour major UK theatres as the leading performer in the musical show ‘The George Michael Story’.

With his leave coming to an end, Steve has come to the decision to don his denim jacket for good as the show embarks on a European tour.

Steve is no stranger to the music industry having previously toured with bands in Louisiana, USA, and even written his own album. 

He said: “Being part of the team at Staines depot was the highlight of my railway career but going on a tour with the shift patterns of a guard wouldn’t be easy.

“Thankfully South Western Railway allowed me a full year sabbatical, giving me the maximum time to convert all my energy into this stage role.

“It was a hard decision on deciding whether to return back to my role as a guard with SWR. I’ve made the decision to keep performing and follow my passion which is the music of George Michael and performing for The George Michael Story.

“I’d like to thank South Western Railway for giving me the chance to achieve this dream.”