Nolan sisters in the mood for dancing one final time
In the history of girl bands one stands out to prove that audiences, whatever their age, never tire of feel-good tracks. The Nolans, who topped the charts in the late 70s and 80s with their pop-song harmonies, also had the novelty factor of being sisters.
After the success of their sell-out 30th anniversary tour, four of the family, Coleen, Bernie, Linda and Maureen, have announced that a UK tour will be their last together.
Coleen, the youngest member of the group, joined her sisters in The Nolans in 1980 when she was 15 years old.
She says: "This really will be the farewell tour, we're not saying that and then planning another one in a few years. I think after all the success of the anniversary tour we felt that we wanted to do it again. We enjoyed it so much and so we thought we'd really go for it and do it once more. Go out with a bang.
"It really has to be the final one though – you can imagine us all on stage with hip replacements if we carry on any longer."
The group was put together by the girls' parents Tommy and Maureen who had both worked as singers in Ireland. The original line up comprised the parents, sons Tommy and Brian, and daughters Anne, Denise, Maureen, Linda and Bernadette and they went by the name of The Singing Nolans.
In 1974 the five daughters began performing as The Nolan Sisters and enjoyed success in the late 70s – with appearances on countless television shows. The release of disco-flavoured single I'm In the Mood for Dancing in 1979 was to became their best-known tune and biggest hit.
In early 1980, the group changed its name from The Nolan Sisters to The Nolans.
Following her marriage, Anne temporarily left the group and Coleen, who had appeared on the video for I'm In The Mood... was made a new official member.
"I think the initial interest in the group was that we were a family," says Coleen.
"We were novel. There weren't many groups like that that weren't American. You had the Osmonds and the Jacksons but very few British.
In their solo careers, and as their pop success waned, the sisters enjoyed solo careers. Maureen and Linda became leading ladies in the West End and Bernie starred in Brookside and The Bill while Coleen hosted Loose Women and This Morning and also appeared in Dancing On Ice. Her latest brush with television saw her the last woman standing in the final of Celebrity Big Brother.
She says: "Big Brother was a fantastic experience but it was much harder that I thought it would be. The games Big Brother play on you are so clever – it's mental torture.
"As sisters we've always supported each other in the things we've done. When we stopped having hit records people said; 'Oh but you must have been loaded,' but that wasn't the case.
"We promised that if we ever got the chance we'd do it all again one last time... well here we are... This really is our final farewell."