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Golden oldies really are top of the pops!

Birmingham OAPs are celebrating being top of the pops after winning places in a new band and stunning crowds at the recent Wireless Festival.

Old Kids On The Block
Old Kids On The Block

Three pensioners could become the official ‘boy band’ for Age UK Solihull, performing at events to help raise money for the charity.

With a combined age of 209, they may have been around the block a few times, but the Birmingham OAPs are celebrating being top of the pops after winning places in a new band and stunning crowds at the recent Wireless Festival.

Old Kids On The Block performed their first gig at the pop and indie music festival in Birmingham earlier this month, alongside the likes of Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding and Robin Thicke.

The trio – Dave McMahon, 65, Terry Ward, 69 and Arthur Allen, 75 – are now even receiving interest from record companies. The group is also in talks with Age UK Solihull to become their official band and to perform at clubs and fundraising events over the next year.

“We’re delighted,” band member Dave said. “Everybody thinks once you reach the age of 60 you should curl yourself up and hide in a box. But there is still plenty of life in this old dog and this has given us a whole new lease of life.”

The trio, who have seven children and 14 grandchildren between them, were selected by Free Radio in Birmingham after Breakfast Show presenters Foxy and Giuliano came up with the idea to create an “old man band”.

After hearing their act Lorraine Hart, fundraising manager at Age UK Solihull, contacted the group to find out if they would be willing to perform in various member clubs and events.

Lorraine added: “Old Kids On The Block are fulfilling their dream and showing that it’s never too late to give something a go. We are all about helping older people to flourish in later life, and we feel that they represent our message in a great way.”

 

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