Six decades ago, The Beatles came to Blackpool to perform – and it’s still talked about to this day.
Their new song Now and Then has been released in a frenzy of Beatle mania. But as much as fans adore them, it's nothing like the heady days of the 1960s. They came to Blackpool twice in 1963, on August 11 and again at the ABC Theatre on August 25. They made a return the following year and these delightful pictures go right back to that special era.
During their early days, The Beatles played dozens of gigs across Lancashire and the county was said to be their favourite stomping ground, after Merseyside, Hamburg and London.
In the opening summer season of 1963, the ABC in Blackpool, played host to Cliff Richard and the Shadows in Holiday Carnival, as well as The Beatles – booked to play five Sunday nights.
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The Beatles At 'Big Night Out' ABC Theatre, Blackpool 19th July 1964. Picture: Tracks.co.uk Photo: Tracks.co.uk
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The Beatles arrive in Blackpool for their show at the ABC Photo: library
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The Beatles in Blackpool, 1964 Photo: Mark Hayward
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The Beatles arrive in Blackpool for one of their concerts Photo: National World
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Crowds waiting for The Beatles who performed at the ABC Photo: library
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The Beatles in Blackpool Photo: Mark Hayward