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DJ Bernie just lives for the weekend

Bernie's a DJ at the age of 63 and says this is the most exciting time of his life. Welcome to life after 50.

Meet Bernie

"You can't put a price on how you feel when you're standing up here and you've got the whole room in the palm of your hand," says 63 year old DJ, Bernie. As he surveys his packed dance floor, illuminated by a glittering disco ball, you can tell just how much he loves doing this.

With an extensive record collection, everyone used to tell Bernie he should be a DJ, but he never really had the confidence to do it. Then when he hit 50, he thought why not? So armed with a selection of 60s and 70s music, he started spinning his first tunes.

Now he's doing that every Friday and Saturday night and says: "I'm just having so much fun. I'd do this every day of the week if I could".

Bernie thinks he's found his niche: "Tribute bands and karaoke, that's all that's out there for the over 50s. And then this old bloke turns up with all his records and everyone wants to dance until the early hours. With a little laugh Bernie says: "In the end I have to switch the equipment off and tell everyone to go home!”

dj bernie playing to a crowd of people dancing

Being in control of the decks obviously gives Bernie a kick – and it must keep him fit too. He doesn't have a roadie, so has to lug all of his equipment in and out of the car himself. But he seems to do it effortlessly commenting: "I don't have to do what I'm doing. I do it because I love doing it".

As Bernie expertly drops the needle onto the next 7" single, he says: "What I'm doing now is the most exciting part of my life. I just live for the weekends – and it's just like having my own private party every Friday and Saturday night.

Bernie's a great inspiration for getting older and says age is no barrier to doing what you want to do – you just need the enthusiasm to do it. Searching through his record box he says: "I'm so glad this came into my life. I'm alive and feel like I'm running on adrenalin".

Posted on 9 August 2017

SunLife offers a range of straightforward and affordable products including over 50s life insurance, funeral plans, equity release, home insurance.

Here's the information that you need to know about who we are and the other companies that we work with in order to provide our products and services.

Who are SunLife and who provides the SunLife Guaranteed Over 50 Plans?

SunLife Limited distributes financial products and services , registered office: 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG, United Kingdom (registered in England and Wales, no. 05460862). SunLife Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register (registration no. 769427).

Phoenix Life Limited trades as SunLife and is the provider of the SunLife Guaranteed Over 50 Plan life insurance policies. Phoenix Life Limited’s registered office is at 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG, United Kingdom (registered in England and Wales, no. 1016269).

Who provides the Funeral Benefit Option?

If you choose to add Funeral Benefit Option to your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Who provides the Funeral Plans?

Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals is not authorised or regulated for this activity by either the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

The life insurance policy that pays for your funeral will be provided by Phoenix Life Limited, trading as SunLife.

Who provides SunLife Pet Insurance

SunLife Pet Insurance is arranged and administered by BDML Connect Limited. BDML Connect Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 309140). Registered in England and Wales Number 02785540. Registered Office: 45 Westerham Road, Bessels Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2QB.

Who provides SunLife Home Insurance

SunLife Home Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.

Who provides SunLife Car Insurance

SunLife Car Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.