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Video of amateur opera singer on Glasgow train becomes internet hit

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Media captionWilliam Boyle delights passengers on the last train on Saturday night with his rendition of Nessun Dorma

An amateur opera singer has spoken of his surprise after a video of him singing on a train became an internet hit.

William Boyle, 24, was travelling home on Saturday night when he decided to treat fellow passengers to a rendition of opera favourite Nessun Dorma.

But unbeknownst to him, fellow passenger Scott Thomson recorded the performance.

The video, posted on Facebook, has now been viewed more than 25,000 times.

'All over Facebook'

Mr Boyle has described the experience of his overnight fame as "surreal" and "really overwhelming".

He said: "On Sunday when I woke up my phone was going crazy. I thought something was wrong. Then realised I was all over Facebook.

"People who were viewing the video, and pals were all contacting me."

He admits that his performance on the Glasgow to Hamilton 23:40 service came following a few drinks after a work night out.

But the Pavarotti-wannabe, who works in customer services for a delivery company, said that while he doesn't usually sing on trains, it's not unusual for him to burst into song in public.

"I'll sing anywhere that'll have me really," he told Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme.

"I do sing in quite a lot of pubs.

"Nessun Dorma - which translates as 'none shall sleep' - is always that song that people that know me want me to sing when we go out to the likes out pubs and clubs."

'Dream come true'

But despite being commended on his voice by those who have watched the video, the 24-year-old says he has never received any classical training.

"Singing is what I've always wanted to do," he said. "I've been singing since I was four or five years old, but I've never had any training.

"I just learned [the song] from my ipod and the accent from listening to the song. I don't even know what it means."

"I'd love to take the singing further. It would be a dream come true if anything could happen with it.

"At the moment I'm just trying to take each day as it comes."