Searchers help party go with a swing

The Searchers play at the ruby wedding anniversary of Paul and Linda Moss at Elland WMC.
The Searchers play at the ruby wedding anniversary of Paul and Linda Moss at Elland WMC.

A couple from Halifax had even more reason to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary after The Searchers played at their party.

Paul and Linda Moss, from Elland, are huge fans of the group and have been to see them in concert at least once a year for the last decade.

About 150 guests saw the band play for around 90 minutes on stage at Elland Woking Man’s Club.

The Searchers were formed in Liverpool in 1959, with arguably the most famous of their hits coming with remake of the Drifters’ hit Sweets for My Sweet, their début single which reached number one in August 1963.

They have released 29 singles and features original guitarist John McNally and fellow guitarist Frank Allen, who joined in 1964, in their line-up.

Linda said: “It was absolutely brilliant. We’ve been to see them many, many times but I always wanted them to play at our wedding anniversary.

“I got in touch with their agent and when I found out how much it would be I thought ‘that’s not too bad’.

“Even the younger guests were were shocked at how good they were - they knew so many of their songs.

“Everyone liked the music and people from three-years-old right up to 80 were up and dancing.

“It’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

“I emailed their agent the following morning to book them in for our golden wedding anniversary!

“They’re going to play in Australia and New Zealand this year so for them to play Elland Working Man’s Club was quite something!

“We also had a disco and a raffle and we’ve raised about £650 for Overgate Hospice and the Darlington Dogs Trust.

“We didn’t want any presents - we wanted the money to go to good causes instead.”