Retirement strikes a chord with pop stars

Former pop stars Wendy and Colin Herbert share their musical experience with residents at a Mindarie retirement village. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d416095
Former pop stars Wendy and Colin Herbert share their musical experience with residents at a Mindarie retirement village. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d416095

The couple used to be members of 1960s and ’70s band Gulliver’s People, which started as a five-piece group in 1965 and won several awards.

It went on to tour Europe for several years as Les Continentals and on their return to the UK, became the resident band in Tiffany’s nightclub.

‘Our first recording was cut at EMI’s Abbey Road studios and was a hit on the Radio London and Radio Caroline charts,’ Mrs Herbert said.

The Herberts migrated to Australia from England in 1973 after 17 years as professional musicians.

Life is less busy but still satisfying as the couple share their music experience with retirees at Harbourside Village where Mr Herbert is the choirmaster and producing his first musical, Hell Bent.

‘It’s wonderful to give something back and while we may not be pop stars any longer, we can still jam with the best of them and enjoy our music,’ he said.

Harbourside Village manager Deborah Searle said: ‘Lots of people have a view on what retirement living means but think about the diverse people living in retirement villages, sharing their experiences and knowledge.’