Eurovision stars notch up 35 years of ‘kisses’

Brotherhood of Man perform at Wakefield Theatre.
Brotherhood of Man perform at Wakefield Theatre.

EUROVISION legends Brotherhood of Man have been saving all their kisses for 35 years.

The seventies chart kings have been getting nostalgic about their 1976 triumph on the eve of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Band members Martin Lee and Sandra Stevens, who hail from Hall Green, were given a hero’s welcome when they returned home to Hollingthorpe Road three-and-a-half decades ago.

The husband and wife team became national treasures along with band-mates Lee Sheridan and Nicky Stevens after clinching victory in Hamburg with Save Your Kisses for Me.

The song went on to top the charts in 55 countries and they became an institution on Top of the Pops. They cemented it with follow-up hits Figaro and Angelo.

But the happy couple, who are now in their sixties, recalled their pre-fame days playing at now defunct venues like Wakefield Theatre Club and Mecca.

Mr Lee said: “We had a lovely bungalow in Hall Green, opposite our neighbour who we are still friends with now. We are still friends with everybody there. It was a fantastic time.

“We had to leave because we had to be by the airport. It was just a nightmare, we were up at four in the morning. We were lucky enough to be in all these shows. Three major shows a week, everywhere in the world.”

Ms Stevens said: “I remember Jimmy Tarbuck saying we are the luckiest people in the world because we get to see the world and we are getting paid to see it.”

The couple will be glued to the TV this Saturday to watch the UK Eurovision entry by boy band Blue. They think it stands a good chance as Blue are known on the continent - just like Brotherhood of Man were when they won.

Ms Stevens said: “I think Blue look great and they sound great. The song is very good. Whether it will win, well that’s entirely on the night. It’s how they look on the night and what impression they make. They are up there for me.”

She added: “It’s a great feeling to win for the country. Wouldn’t it be great for them to bring those medals home. All power to them.”

Mr Lee hopes Blue can overcome the tactical voting that has marred recent contests.

He said: “It just a shame this becomes involved in such a simple situation. It’s a song contest.

“It’s not a war contest, a who gives to who contest, it’s a song contest.”