Saturday, 24 November 2012

The Beatles in Prestatyn

Saturday 24 November 1962 (exactly 50 years ago) was the day that The Beatles performed a 30-minute set at the Royal Lido ballroom in Prestatyn, North Wales. Also appearing that night were Jack Ellis and the Autocrats.

The Royal Lido was once called "the finest ballroom in North Wales" and opened in 1960 and later became The Nova Centre. Many famous Sixties bands played here, including Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer, Freddie and the Dreamers, The Rolling Stones...

From the contract it appears that The Beatles were paid £30 and got a plate of jam sandwiches. It was also Ringo Starr's first Wales concert since joining the Beatles. Of course Ringo knew Wales very well, because he performed at the Butlins holiday camp in Pwllheli in July 1960 with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.

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