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The Perfect Anniversary gift for a couple

Perfect Anniversary gift for a couple

It can be very difficult to find the perfect anniversary gift for a couple. Make your Wedding Anniversary Gift extra special. Perhaps you are looking for a gift with a real wow-factor.  There is a lot to consider when shopping for wedding anniversary presents. How long they have been married, is it a milestone anniversary, what do they both like and what type a sense of humour have they both got.  All Anniversaries are important to the couple in question, and woe be tide if one of them forgets!

But with help from us you can find the perfect anniversary gift for a couple. We have gifts with the wow factor and gifts that will make the couple laugh. Choose a gift that goes the extra mile for whoever you are buying for.

Finding A Meaningful Gift

Choosing a gift that has meaning to you and the couple you are buying for will show them just how much you are thinking of them. Maybe a Then and Now picture frame would be an ideal gift, (especially if you attended their wedding). Champagne glasses or glasses that would contain their favourite tipple. This shows that you know them well if you know what they like to drink. Or maybe they are tea total, so how about one of our mug sets.

Personalise Your Gift

There’s something very special when you personalise a wedding anniversary gift for the happy couple. This makes the gift bespoke and unique.  Gifts with customised names, dates, and special messages will mean a lot to the recipients of the present. They will be happy with the thought and love that you have put into this exclusive gift. So why not look at our wonderful selection of personalised gifts. We are sure that you will find the perfect anniversary gift for a couple.

Make Your Gift extra special with a Card

We have great selection of Anniversary cards for all the wedding anniversaries. Yep it’s hard to believe but there is a card for every anniversary whether it’s Leather, Copper, Tin etc.  In addition to all the milestone anniversaries, Silver, Pearl, Ruby and Gold. We are sure that you will find a card to go with your exceptional gift to the special couple.

Where To Find the Perfect Anniversary gift for a couple

Now that you know what makes an ideal wedding anniversary gift, you can start looking for the best present for your favourite couple. Start by looking at our selection of wedding anniversary gifts this will be a great place to begin. You will be sure to find a present for all kinds of couples and with our variety of prices, we are sure that you will find an incredible gift that will mean so much to them.

What makes a perfect Anniversary Gift for you

We’d love to hear from you. Tell us what you think makes the perfect anniversary gift. Let us know on our Facebook page we would love to know your thoughts.

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Getting the most from my Red Hearts Wedding Anniversary Pillar Candle.

Red Hearts Wedding Anniversary Pillar Candle

Our Red Hearts Wedding Anniversary Pillar candles, as with all pillar candles are designed to hold the wax within the candle. As the candle burns down into the centre it results in a lovely glow.

Before lighting, remove any packaging. If you follow these recommendations it should not be necessary to remove the personalisation on the candle. If, however, the sidewalls have started to be consumed it is recommended to remove the personalisation film.

When you first light your pillar candle, let the pool of wax reach within 6-7mm of the outside edge, then extinguish. This will set the candle’s “memory” for all future burns.

Avoid continuous short burning times; this will cause the candle to tunnel, resulting in a drowned wick and wasted wax. Pillars are designed to burn for long periods of time: at least 3-4 hours each time you light it. If you prefer burning your candle for a shorter time try Candlesticks.

Instead of blowing out the candle, dunk the wick into the wax pool and straighten. This ensures an easier relight and prevents the wick from smoking. When you light your candle, light the base of the wick not the tip.

Before lighting always trim the wick to around 6-7mm (¼ Inch.) Keep wax pool free of debris. This can clog the wick. If the flame is too large, it means the wick needs a trim. Keeping up with your wick maintenance will extend the life of your candle to its maximum potential.

Extinguish the candle by dunking the wick into the wax pool, trim the wick, straighten and relight. If a ‘carbon cap’ globule forms on the tip, trim the wick.

If dripping or smoking occurs, extinguish the candle, allow the wax to harden and trim the wick. Also check for air movement like a draft or vent nearby.

Always place pillar candles on a heat-resistant surface, never directly on furniture or counter tops. We recommend that you do not burn your pillar candle in a hurricane lamp or similar enclosed candle holder. They could hold in the heat and the pillar may become soft or melt through the sides and spill wax. The ‘chimney’ of the hurricane lamp may also encourage your pillar candle to smoke.

You should stop using a candle when the flame is approximately 12mm (½ Inch) from the bottom. This layer of wax helps distribute the heat of the candle evenly and acts as a buffer between the flame and the surface the candle is on.

Hopefully the above will ensure you get the best use for your Red Hearts Wedding Anniversary Pillar Candle. Moreover you’ll get to enjoy whatever celebration you use it in without worry over it’s use.

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What present to buy for your 7th Wedding Anniversary

Copper rose as a 7th anniversary present

Your 7th anniversary has a great select of presents to buy if you follow the anniversary gift lists. Traditionally the most used suggestion are presents based on the theme of copper. Additionally we have also seen some traditional lists suggest Wool as the appropriate theme.

A great 7th anniversary present for a couple are the Moscow mule copper mugs. Pure copper and the ones recommended below come with a great recipe book for drinks to go in them.

As you might imagine we’ve plenty of other copper gifts within our 7th Anniversary Gifts section of our shop, we’ve reproduced some below.

Fortunately if you’re not into copper the modern anniversary list suggests a desk set as an appropriate present. Definitely a great gift idea if you’re an office worker or have a home office. Luckily however your options have not run out yet if this is not right for you. The Semi-precious Gemstone anniversary gift list suggests Lapis Lazuli is the appropriate gemstone to give as a 7th wedding anniversary present. As expected with a gemstone the majority of these gifts are jewellery related.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit Flower

Finally the appropriate flowers suggested in the Flower anniversary list is the Jack-in-the-Pulpit. This flower suggestion probably reflects it’s North American slant as it is primarily grown there. It will grow successfully in the UK however. With large trifoliate leaves and green and purple-striped spathes in spring and early summer. Followed by clusters of conspicuous bright red fruits in the autumn. The language of flowers suggest that the Jack-in-the-Pulpit means continued happiness. Which makes it an excellent option to give on such an auspicious occasion.

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Finding The Perfect Gift For Her

Finding The Perfect Gift For Her

Looking for the perfect gift for a loved one can sometimes be quite difficult. Here at Anniversary Ideas we have a range of beautiful gifts. Let us help you find the perfect gift for the women in your life.  

Firstly you have to decide which type of gift to opt for depending on her personality. Does she like Jewellery or photo frames or maybe a personalised gift. Or even a humorous gift that will make her laugh. Mostly women like romantic gifts from their special someone. I’m sure on our site you will find something she will adore.

If she likes Jewellery then you will find a beautiful pieces in our jewellery section. We have stylish personalised jewellery as well as Silver lockets and Semi precious stone pendants especially to match an anniversary gemstone. We even sell jewellery with real flowers that have been pressed and set in resin.  So much choice that I know she will love your choice.

Keeping jewellery in mind, we also have semi precious bag charms and a large selection of keyrings and not one is the same. Plus you can also look at the beautiful personalised keyrings and if you are feeling very romantic there are his and hers keyrings where you each get half a heart which can be personalised with your own message or just your initials.

If she likes humorous gifts then why not look at our mug sets that come in a gift box. Mr Right and Mrs Always Right are one of our biggest sellers. The Boss, The Real Boss mug set is a great choice also. Or maybe she would like a bottle of something bubbly and I don’t mean bubble bath. You could get a cheeky bottle of Prosecco or Champagne and the label can be personalised.

Staying on the drinking theme. Does she like a tipple. If so you could always buy her a glass for her favourite tipple. Again this can be personalised with your own message like darling you deserve this gin.

Does she like flowers? I always find that I love bouquets of flowers but they don’t last very long. I would much prefer a plant. You could buy her a rose or favourite flower for the garden. If however you don’t have a garden then I would suggest a lovely vase to put that big bouquet of flowers in.   Look at the selection of beautiful personalised vases we supply. If she loves nature but does not have much room then why not give her a Glass Terrarium and personalise it with any message and let her fill it as she likes.

Does she like candles? Why not buy her a candle with a lovely personalised message on it. Or a lovely scented candle in a jar. Have a look at our wide range of candles. You could get a tea light holder and then she could have a candle lit  bubble bath and better still you could give her a glass of bubbly in her new glass.

Photo frames are also a great gift idea. Capture a special moment or special event and keep it forever in a beautiful photo frame. Personalised with the date and occasion will always bring back fond memories. You could also buy one of our beautiful Albums especially if you have plenty of photos of the special occasion.

Conclusion

This is just a small group of ideas but please look at our store to see the full range of perfect gift ideas for women. Just remember people love receiving gifts and many think it’s the thought that counts. So putting a lot of thought into the perfect gift is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Christmas 2020 & New Year 2021 Office opening times

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours and Order Processing times.

24th-28th December 2020. We are closed. No orders will be processed or dispatched. Orders received during this time will be processed on 29th December 2020 with Next Day Delivery Requests being delivered 30th December 2020

31st December 2018 and 1st January 2020. We are closed.  No Orders will be processed or dispatched. Next Day Requests received during this time will be processed on 4th January 2021.

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What does one do to celebrate a 10th wedding anniversary during COVID19 Lockdown

10th wedding anniversary

Given all the social distancing and travel restrictions that are currently in force what could you do to celebrate your 10th wedding anniversary during a lockdown.

A simple celebration would be to go for an early evening intimate meal for two at your favourite restaurant. Given the current restrictions you are sure to have a quieter and less interrupted evening together.

If you don’t like the idea of going out then you should look to the wedding anniversary gift themes and build an evening in around them

Tin Man Statue

The 10th anniversary has a traditional gift theme of tin. You could look to have a movie night with a film or box set which some way reference Tin. The Tin Cup is a love story. ‘Cat on a Hot Tin roof’ is a classic movie that springs to mind although the storyline may not be the perfect mood setter. The Wizard of Oz famously has the tin man in it. The Poldark box set is a binge worthy set around the Cornish tin mines.

You could take a lead from many restaurants that do similar nowadays. Present an anniversary meal with your chips/French fries served in tins. You could go a bit further and serve the meal on tin plates. Perhaps Cornish Pastie and Chips is a perfect corny menu for the celebration. Personally I’d be happy with a Fray Bentos Pie that you get in tins!

Other entertainment could include the physical game ‘tin can alley’ there are video games also available along similar lines. If outdoors then get a Frisbee which was born out of originally using pie tins to throw to each other.

The 10th year of marriage also has a modern theme of Aluminium, a gemstone theme of diamond jewellery and the appropriate flower being Daffodils. So from these you could extrapolate something to do.

Although not the perfect anniversary celebration you should always try an do something to commemorate your marriage. Not only will it help your mood it’ll help lift your spirits in what is a bleak period. Do remember though this too will pass.

To see our full range of 10th anniversary gifts please go to our main Tin Anniversary page

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Mother’s Day 2021

Mother's Day 2021

Mothers Day in the UK is also known as Mothering Sunday. Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent in the UK. However as the dates vary as to when Lent falls, the actual Sunday chosen to celebrate it varies every year.

In 2021 Mother’s Day is on 14th March, 2021 and next year (2022) it is almost two weeks later on 27th March, 2022. (See our annual celebrations dates for the next 10 years)

Mother's day 2021

Mothering Sunday is more often referred to as “Mother’s Day” and it origin is distinctly different to Mother’s Day in America although the sentiments are similar.

In Victorian times, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.

Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and cards to their mothers.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

We’ve a great selection of Mother’s Day Gifts on our site some of our selection we’ve shown here.

History of Mother’s day

Most Sundays in the year churchgoers would worship at their nearest parish or “daughter church”.

In olden times it was considered important for people to return to their home or “mother” church at least once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their “mother” church.

As the return to the “mother” church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away from home returned. It was quite common in those days for children as young as ten years to leave home to work in service.

The majority of historians think that it was this return to the “Mother” church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.

This special day has now become a time when people give thanks to their mothers and offers an opportunity to express both love and thanks for the work that they do.

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How to personalise commemorative gifts for couples

quality engraving and messaging requirements

How to personalise commemorative gifts for couples can seem complicated however there are very few formal rules.  If you have your own special words for personalising your flutes then great, if you need some inspiration please read on.

Specialising in Anniversaries we have seen many variations on engraving requests. By far the most common and possibly the best is

  • the first line the couple’s first names,
  • the second line ‘Congratulations on your’
  • the third lines used to mention the occasion such as their Anniversary or wedding day.
  • the fourth line used for the Celebration’s Date.

If you want to include a date it’s easy for the wedding however if it is for the anniversary remember to ensure the date is correct. For example if you mention the Anniversary then the date should be the date of the anniversary and not the wedding date. So lets say the couple in Question are celebrating their Silver Wedding (25th Anniversary) having got married on 19th June 1994 you would include Silver Wedding, 19th June 2019.

Commemorative Gifts Best Engraved Format

To ensure the best impact and most pleasing engraving here are some simple rules

  • Use proper sentence case text
  • Use long form dates e.g 21st rather than 21, August rather than 8 and 2020 rather than 20.
  • Standard English Date format is Day, Month, Year. So 21st August 2020 is correct for above example.
  • Formal Names, although not required, are Male first, Female second.

If you are wondering about any other text you would like to include but not sure then check out advice related to wedding or party invitations, this advice is often directly transportable on engraved products especially if you want to use formal wording.

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Music of the 80’s

Music of the 80's CdCards

A great anniversary or birthday idea would be music of your era and in this case specifically the 1980’s. We’ve a selection of CDs with music of the 80’s available which also come with a code so you can download the tracks to a computer. The hits of the year are sure to bring the memories flooding back, as music does so well, to the lucky recipients.

The music included on the CDs are from the original artist from that year so they’re most likely be the favourite version of any cover versions.


1980 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  1. Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out
  2. Adam & The Ants – Antmusic
  3. The Mash – Theme From M*A*S*H
  4. The Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again
  5. Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica
  6. Earth, Wind & Fire – Let Me Talk
  7. Stray Cats – Runaway Boys
  8. Hall & Oates – Kiss On My List
  9. George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair
  10. Shakin’ Stevens – Marie Marie
  11. Rodney Franklin – The Groove
  12. Johnny Logan – What’s Another Year
  13. Santana – All I Ever Wanted
  14. Secret Affair – My World
  15. New Musik – Living By Numbers
  16. Air Supply – All Out Of Love
  17. Adam & The Ants – Kings Of The Wild Frontier
  18. Judas Priest – Living After Midnight
  19. Barbara Dickson – January, February
  20. Electric Light Orchestra – All Over The World.

1981 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. The Jacksons – Can You Feel It
  • 2. Haircut 100 – Favourite Shirts
  • 3. Adam & The Ants – Prince Charming 
  • 4. The Pointer Sisters – Slowhand
  • 5. The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink
  • 6. REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You
  • 7. Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight
  • 8. Altered Images – Happy Birthday
  • 9. Earth, Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
  • 10. Sugar Minott – Good Thing Going
  • 11. Aneka – Japanese Boy
  • 12. Shakin’ Stevens – This Ole House
  • 13. Kiki Dee – Star
  • 14. Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
  • 15. Champaign – How ‘Bout Us
  • 16. Landscape – Einstein A Go-Go
  • 17. Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up
  • 18. Heatwave – Gangsters Of The Groove
  • 19. Japan – Quiet Life
  • 20. Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots.

1982 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing
  • 2. Dionne Warwick – Heartbreaker
  • 3. Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
  • 4. A Flock Of Seagulls – Wishing I Had A Photograph Of You
  • 5. Odyssey – Inside Out
  • 6. Haircut 100 – Fantastic Day
  • 7. Evelyn King – Love Come Down
  • 8. Haysi Fantayzee – John Wayne Is Big Leggy
  • 9. Men At Work – Who Can It Be Now?
  • 10. Air Supply – Even The Nights Are Better
  • 11. Kids From “Fame” – Hi-Fidelity
  • 12. Shakin’ Stevens – Oh Julie
  • 13. Kiki Dee – Perfect Timing
  • 14. Cheap Trick – If You Want My Love
  • 15. Bow Wow Wow – Go Wild In The Country
  • 16. Bucks Fizz – My Camera Never Lies
  • 17. Journey – Who’s Crying Now
  • 18. The Psychedelic Furs – Love My Way
  • 19. Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)
  • 20. Japan – I Second That Emotion.

1983 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Men At Work – Down Under
  • 2. Wham! – Wham Rap!
  • 3. Electric Light Orchestra – Rock & Roll Is King
  • 4. K.C. & The Sunshine Band – Give It Up
  • 5. Adam Ant – Puss ‘N Boots
  • 6. Nick Heyward – Take That Situation
  • 7. Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
  • 8. Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
  • 9. The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
  • 10. Mtume – Juicy Fruit
  • 11. Hall & Oates – Family Man
  • 12. Jo Boxers – Boxerbeat
  • 13. The Lotus Eaters – First Picture Of You
  • 14. Alan Parsons Project – Old & Wise
  • 15. Marvin Gaye – My Love Is Waiting
  • 16. Bucks Fizz – When We Were Young
  • 17. Japan – All Tomorrow’s Parties
  • 18. H2O – Dream To Sleep
  • 19. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
  • 20. Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home).

1984 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
  • 2. Kenny Loggins – Footloose
  • 3. Nena – 99 Red Balloons
  • 4. Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen
  • 5. Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
  • 6. Paul Young – Everything Must Change
  • 7. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
  • 8. Hall & Oates – Out Of Touch
  • 9. Gloria Estefan – Dr. Beat
  • 10. Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!
  • 11. Adam Ant – Apollo 9
  • 12. Fiction Factory – (Feels Like) Heaven
  • 13. Meat Loaf – Modern Girl
  • 14. Alison Moyet – All Cried Out
  • 15. The Stranglers – Skin Deep
  • 16. A Flock Of Seagulls – The More You Live
  • 17. Shakin’ Stevens – A Love Worth Waiting For
  • 18. The Pointer Sisters – Jump (For Your Love)
  • 19. Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride
  • 20. Deniece Williams – Let’s Hear It For The Boy. 

1985 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Billy Ocean – Suddenly
  • 2. REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
  • 3. The Stranglers – Let Me Down Easy
  • 4. Mr Mister – Broken Wings
  • 5. Jennifer Rush – The Power Of Love
  • 6. Thompson Twins – Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream
  • 7. King – Love & Pride
  • 8. Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away
  • 9. Bucks Fizz – You And Your Heart So Blue
  • 10. Dead Or Alive – Lover Come Back To Me
  • 11. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – I Wonder If I Take You Home
  • 12. Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero
  • 13. Shakin’ Stevens – Lipstick, Powder & Paint
  • 14. Five Star – All Fall Down
  • 15. Alison Moyet – That Ole Devil Called Love
  • 16. Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down
  • 17. Aretha Franklin – Who’s Zoomin’ Who
  • 18. Isley, Jasper, Isley – Caravan Of Love
  • 19. The Pointer Sisters – Dare Me
  • 20. Philip Bailey – Walking On The Chinese Wall.

1986 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough
  • 2. Europe – The Final Countdown
  • 3. Bangles – Manic Monday
  • 4. The Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene
  • 5. Bruce Hornsby & The Range – The Way It Is
  • 6. Miami Sound Machine – Bad Boy
  • 7. Owen Paul – My Favourite Waste Of Time
  • 8. Five Star – Rain Or Shine
  • 9. Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC2
  • 10. Alison Moyet – Is This Love?
  • 11. Shakin’ Stevens – Turning Away
  • 12. Furniture – Brilliant Mind
  • 13. Gregory Abbott – Shake You Down
  • 14. Survivor – Burning Heart
  • 15. Run DMC – My Adidas
  • 16. Mr Mister – Kyrie
  • 17. Samantha Fox – Touch Me
  • 18. The Stranglers – Always The Sun
  • 19. James Brown – Living In America
  • 20. Cyndi Lauper – True Colours.

1987 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Bangles – Walking Down Your Street
  • 2. Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
  • 3. The Blow Monkeys – It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way
  • 4. Terence Trent D’Arby – If You Let Me Stay
  • 5. Bruce Hornsby & The Range – Mandolin Rain
  • 6. The Hooters – Satellite
  • 7. Ruby Turner – I’d Rather Go Blind
  • 8. Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now
  • 9. John Farnham – You’re The Voice
  • 10. Spagna – Call Me
  • 11. Europe – Rock The Night
  • 12. Five Star – The Slightest Touch
  • 13. Alison Moyet – Love Letters
  • 14. Samantha Fox – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now
  • 15. Pseudo Echo – Funky Town
  • 16. Westworld – Sonic Boom Boy
  • 17. Sinitta – Toyboy
  • 18. Wax – Bridge To Your Heart
  • 19. Run DMC – It’s Tricky
  • 20. Luther Vandross – I Really Didn’t Mean It.

1988 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Deacon Blue – Real Gone Kid
  • 2. Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams
  • 3. Prefab Sprout – The King Of Rock & Roll
  • 4. Beatmasters – Rok Da House
  • 5. Fairground Attraction – Perfect
  • 6. Terence Trent D’Arby – Sign Your Name
  • 7. S’Express – Theme From SExpress
  • 8. Rick Astley – Together Forever
  • 9. The Stranglers – All Of The Day And All Of The Night
  • 10. Coldcut – Doctorin’ The House
  • 11. Freiheit – Keepin’ The Dream Alive
  • 12. Bangles – Hazy Shade Of Winter
  • 13. Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart
  • 14. Bros – When Will I Be Famous?
  • 15. Roachford – Cuddly Toy
  • 16. Bomb The Bass – Beat Dis
  • 17. The Primitives – Crash
  • 18. Pasadenas – Tribute (Right On)
  • 19. The Four Tops – Loco In Acapulco
  • 20. Gloria Estefan – Anything For You. 

1989 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Deacon Blue – Fergus Sings The Blues
  • 2. Will To Power – Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird
  • 3. Big Fun – Blame It On The Boogie
  • 4. Alice Cooper – Poison
  • 5. Gloria Estefan – Can’t Stay Away From You
  • 6. S’Express – Hey Music Lover
  • 7. Cyndi Lauper – I Drove All Night
  • 8. Boy Meets Girl – Waiting For A Star To Fall
  • 9. New Kids On The Block – Hangin’ Tough
  • 10. Rick Astley – She Wants To Dance With Me
  • 11. Martika – Toy Soldiers
  • 12. Malcolm McLaren – Waltz Darling
  • 13. Beatmasters Featuring Betty Boo – Hey DJ/I Can’t Dance (To The Music You’re Playing)
  • 14. The Blow Monkeys – Choice?
  • 15. Bros – Too Much
  • 16. Liza Minnelli – Losing My Mind
  • 17. Halo James – Could Have Told You So
  • 18. The Wedding Present – Kennedy
  • 19. Beatmasters – Who’s In The House
  • 20. Bangles – Eternal Flame.

Some of these tracks were critically acclaimed other were hits in the UK or America and some were even both, we were comparing all our tracks above to NMEs top 100 best of the songs of the 80’s and was surprised by the results and how many were on the list.

We’ve also some booklet style CD Greeting cards that cover the music of the 80’s. These cover up to 1986 as later years have not been produced by the manufacturer, Retro Co.

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Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of VE day in 2020

Celebrations 1977

We’ll this is a post I didn’t expect to write, celebrating the anniversary of the beginning of the end of World War 2 whilst not being allowed the freedom to go out. Strange times to say the least.

Perhaps we can look forward to celebrating a VoC day (Victory over Covid-19) in the very near future.

The 75th anniversary of VE Day, which marks the end of the Second World War in Europe, takes place this year on Friday, 8 May, 2020.

Due to the COVID 19 lockdown, plans to commemorate and celebrate this momentous occasion have had to change, with national events postponed.

We’ve a few ideas here that may help you celebrate the event the event within the confines of your home this could include decorating a poster, creating bunting for your garden, cooking a menu using war time recipes or downloading a 1940s’ playlist.

The official Music charts did not exist at this time although many lists were offered by different organisations, claiming to be the defacto list.

We’ve a selection of hit songs from the original artists of the year available should you want an authentic sound for the year.

The track list for the CD, which is a great who’s who of the artists of 1945 is as follows:

  1. Artie Shaw – ‘S Wonderful
  2. Doris Day – Sentimental Journey
  3. Frank Sinatra – Stormy Weather
  4. Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan – Stone Cold Down In The Market
  5. Perry Como – ‘Till The End Of Time
  6. Billie Holiday – I Cover The Waterfront
  7. Woody Herman & His Orchestra – Laura
  8. Bunk Johnson & His New Orleans Band – Snag It
  9. Margaret Whiting – All Through The Day
  10. Willie Smith & Harry James – Who’s Sorry Now
  11. Adelaide Hall – I’m Gonna Love That Guy
  12. Jess Stacy – Daybreak Serenade 13. Dorothy Squires – Let The Rest Of The World Go By
  13. Artie Shaw – Summertime
  14. Muriel Barron & Olive Gilbert – We’ll Gather Lilacs
  15. Dick Haymes – They Didn’t Believe Me
  16. Red Ingle & Spike Jones – Chloe
  17. Benny Goodman – Symphony
  18. Betty Grable & Harry James – I Can’t Begin To Tell You
  19. Lena Horne – One More For My Baby (And One More For The Road).

We do similar CD’s for all the War years, in fact we span the years from 1929 through to 2002 for music and have news DVDs for 1931 through to 1995 should you be interested in any other year.

We’re off to dig out my Nan’s recipe book’s for some authentic recipes from the 1940’s

Whilst not from the original celebrations, in fact these are 1977 and the queen’s Silver Jubilee, I thought these pictures of Happier times may cheer your up a bit. Would love to see any from the original celebration if anyone has some.

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Community existed in 1977