Lance and Sandra Bloom fell in love to the sound of rock’n’roll as they shared a dance in front of a jukebox in an espresso bar in 1962.
And the verger and his wife, who celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on Friday, August 21, are getting in tune for a fundraising gig at their church in Paston next month.
Lance, 73, and Sandra, 68, put on a yearly performance of rock’n’roll hits at All Saints Church Hall in Fulbridge Road, and this year will be no exception. Lance will don his teddy boy suit on the evening of September 5 to once again raise vital funds for his church.
He will be accompanied by Sandra, who said: “It’s a lovely evening. A lot of people our age love it because they remember the music, but the youngsters get up and dance as well.”
Lance, known as the ‘Rock’n’roll Verger’, added: “Last year we got about 75 people. After the first couple of songs they were up and dancing and really enjoying themselves.”
The couple lived in Leicester when they first met. Lance saw Sandra in an espresso bar, went to the jukebox and chose The Wanderer by Dion, and asked her to dance. Romance quickly followed, and they married in August 1965.
They moved to Peterborough 37 years ago and have live here happily ever since. They have a 49-year-old son and a 47-year-old daughter, and between them have five grandchildren aged between 14 and 23.
“It’s always been love,” Lance said. “We love each other to bits, and we love the music too.”
Lance and Sandra, of Sages Lane, Paston, try to share their love of rock’n’roll with as many people as possible. They sing together regularly, aiming to perform at least every couple of months.
“We like to go to gigs but we also like to perform,” said Lance, who lists Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly among his favourite artists. “We’ve been playing music since we got together. It’s all fifties and early sixties stuff. I dress up in my full teddy boy suit, string tie and black and white crusher shoes.”
The couple play a big part in the life of their church. Lance, as the verger, has to fit his gigs around his many duties, which include helping with weddings and funerals, serving the wine at communion services and more. Sandra helps with prayers of intercession and gospel readings.
“We are involved in the church but we do try to get out and gig when we can,” said Sandra. “In the run up to Christmas we will be very busy. For the last five or six years we have been out performing on New Year’s Eve.”
The Rock’n’roll Verger will perform at All Saints Church Hall in Paston from 7pm on the evening of September 5. Tickets are £5 on the door and people can bring their own drinks and nibbles.