Search for Beatles fans in Liverpool snap taken over 50 years ago
By Nicola Bartlett
The search is on for six early fans of the Beatles captured in a photograph more than 50 years ago.
The six girls were pictured with the fab four at St John’s Hall in Tuebrook, Liverpool in 1961, the first date when the group returned from playing The Star Club in Hamburg.
The negative of this image was given to Stephen Bailey who has managed The Beatles Shop in Mathew Street for 28 years.
The shop is busy collecting memorabilia for the 23rd Annual Liverpool Beatles Auction which will be held at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in August.
The annual event always turns out interesting pieces from the early days in Liverpool and Merseysiders are busy rummaging through their attics in anticipation.
This photo was one such find which was discovered when a man dropped off some negatives to The Beatles Shop in Mathew Street which he said had been taken half a century ago by his father who was a photographer.
Stephen got the pictures processed and found they were in perfect condition. One in particular stood out.
Stephen said: “It is a lovely photograph and so evocative of the relationship The Beatles has with their early fans. Pete Best was replaced by Ringo Starr the following year.”
Stephen now wants to invite the women to be VIP Guests of Honour at this year’s auction which is being held at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at LIPA.
Stephen said: “Beatles fans from those early Liverpool days are rummaging through their bottom drawers looking for memorabilia of the Fab Four. We started to receive lots for this year’s sale in November of last year.
“To date we have over 200 lots to be auctioned but there is always room for those special items from those early Beatles days in Liverpool.”
Previous auctions have seen rare items sell for thousands of pounds.
Last year retired civil servant Mrs Joyce McWiliams, 67, from Spital, received £3,100 for a black knitted tie given to her by John Lennon at the Cavern Club and £14,750 for five postcard sized photographs signed by the Beatles.
If you are one of the women pictured or you can help identify them please get in touch either at firstname.lastname@example.org or call in to the Beatles Shop on Mathew Street or call Stephen on 0151 236 8066.