Sunday 13 January 2013

The Beatles in Cambridge

The Beatles First Visit : Tuesday 19th March 1963, Regal Cinema

At 8pm on the 18th March 1963 the Beatles were performing at the Regal Cinema in Gloucester, but within 24 hours the Fab Four would travel over 105 miles and arrive in Cambridge for their first performance in the city.

Poster for the Concert 
It would be their 10th concert performance of 1963, but on this first visit to the city, and the Regal Cinema, they were a support act to Chris Montez and Tommy Roe.

Their playlist on this tour would include the hits: Love Me Do, Misery, A Taste of Honey, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Please Please MeI Saw Her Standing There. 

Also performing during this concert were Tony Marsh, Debbie Lee, The Viscounts and The Terry Young Six.

The following night they moved on to the ABC Cinema in Romford, it would be their only performance there, but they did return to Romford on 16th June 1963 to perform at the Odeon Cinema. The ABC Cinema was demolished in 1999 to make way for Gibson Court.

The Beatles Second Visit : Tuesday 26th November 1963, Regal Cinema

On Monday 25th November 1963, the day before their second visit to Cambridge, The Beatles were at the Granada Television studios in Manchester recording for a show called 'The Late Scene Extra'.

The boys were involved with singing along to their forthcoming single 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' and it's B- Side 'This Boy'

Here are the performance of 'This Boy' recorded for the show...

This Boy

The boys were also interviewed for the show by Presenter Gay Byrne. They were joined by Ken Dodd as guests.

When Beatles arrived in Cambridge the following day for their 21st Concert performance of 1963, they were now the headline act. 
People lined the street outside the Regal from about 10:30am and the boys had to be smuggled down Downing Street by police escort. Records show over 4,000 people were in the audience.

Ticket from the performance

The following day the Beatles took their final trip to the Rialto Theatre in York. They had performed there three times before on 27th February, 13th March and 29th May.

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