Fab Four flashback’s a highlight in 80th year at leisure landmark

The Marine Hall, Fleetwood
The Marine Hall, Fleetwood

A tribute to the Beatles is among the acts lined up to help celebrate the 80th anniversary of Fleetwood’s Marine Hall.

The Mersey Beatles will play the venue’s 80th birthday, on November 27 - as a flashback to when the real Fab Four performed there in 1962.

The show is just one of many in a bumper line-up, including music, dance and comedy.

A spokesman for the Marine Hall said: “Opened on 27 November 1935 Marine Hall has been entertaining audiences for 80 years and looks set to be home to great entertainment for many years to come.

“To celebrate there’s a jam-packed calendar of shows and events. From festivals to live music, dancing to panto and comedy to kid’s shows there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.”

Opening the festival season is the annual Fleetwood Beer and Cider Festival on Thursday to Saturday, February 5 to 7, with more than 120 UK cask beers and a range of cider, perrys and beers from around the world.

Later that month, the comedy programme gets underway with Patrick Monahan bringing his new family show Adventures In Monaham Land on Saturday, February 21, followed by Radio 4’s Mark Steel presenting his stand-up show for locals - based on what he finds out about the area on his visit - on Wednesday, March 18.

And the Grumpies are back, headed by writer and original Grumpy Old Woman, Lytham’s Jenny Eclair, expecting another sell out show on Saturday, April 11.

Children’s favourites The Chuckle Brothes present Chuckles Of Oz on Friday, May 29, and Basil Brush’s Full On Fox Tour stops off on Friday, August 7.

Other family shows include Pop Factor the Concert on Thursday, March 26 which promises to get the audience dancing in the aisles, and the Magic Light Productions Easter pantomime Little Red Riding Hood on Wednesday, April 1 - and the Wizard Of Oz will bring the year to a close on December 10 to 13.

For music lovers, Michael King and his musicians host the Billy Fury Years on Saturday, February 28, The Manfreds return to Marine Hall on Saturday, March 7, The Searchers are back, live in concert on Thursday, April 16 and The Lindisfarne Story is told on Sunday, October 18 - devised, written and performed by drummer/founder member Ray Laidlaw, and Billy Mitchell, front man for the final eight years of the group.

Also, for those into pop, rock and country, there’s Country Roads – A Celebration of John Denver on Saturday, April 25, Abbamania on Saturday, October 24 and The Bay City Rollers on Sunday, November 15.

And if big band or swing is more your thing, catch Five Star Swing on Friday, March 20, The Band of the Kings Division - one of the premier bands of the British Army, on Saturday, March 21 and X Factor finalist and Dancing On Ice champion Ray Quinn returns to music, presenting his new EP Old Soul; Young Blood on Friday, June 19.

Home grown musical talents will be seen on stage on Saturday, March 28 when the Marine Hall’s Battle Of The Bands takes place, with categories for young musicians, soloists, duos and established bands and a prize fund of £1,500.

To find out more or to book your tickets call the box office on (01253) 887693 or visit www.marinehall.co.uk.