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Woolton celebrates key date in Beatles history

Sixty years ago this week teenagers John Lennon and Paul McCartney were introduced at Woolton’s garden fete.

Now the village is marking that key date in Beatle history with a series of events over five days.

It was on July 6 1957 that Lennon and McCartney first spoke when the Quarrymen (pictured above in a photo by Jim Davis) were hired to play at the St Peter’s church event.

The Day John Met Paul will be celebrated on Thursday with a recreation of that fete in an afternoon organised by the Cavern, St Peter’s Church and Bishop Martin School – with three of the original Quarrymen playing as they did all those decades ago.

But that is only one part of the Fab festival planned for July 5-9 by organisers.

Other events include:

  • Scott Murphy’s Lennon play Walls and Bridges which will be staged in a marquee on the field at Bishop Martin School on July 8 with a 3.30pm matinee and 7.30 evening performance. Tickets £12 in advance of £15 on the door.

  • A screening of A Hard Day’s Night at Woolton Picture House at noon on July 5. Tickets £5.

  • A Beatles quilt exhibition in the church hall throughout the festival with quilts made by Yoko Kuji from Japan.

  • Tours of St Peter’s Church bell tower and graveyard.

  • A Celebration of Community all-day party in the church hall on July 7.

  • Live music throughout the long weekend.

  • A Beatle-themed church service and a rose planting ceremony on July 9.

People connected with the Beatles, including photographer Bill Zygmant and Abbey Road engineer Richard Langham, will also be on hand during the five days to share their memories with visitors, along with members of the St Peter’s congregation who were at the 1957 fete.

More information about all the events and tickets on the website

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