Exciting time of Beatles reunions

NADV 1303082AM1  Barry Corbett and The Mustangs @The Old Royal Oak. Dave Wilson and Richard Warsop entertained members of the band Barry Corbett and the Mustangs at a reunion to celebrate 50 years of the band playing with The Beatles at The Royal Hall. In the picture are  landlady Joan Lee, John Lochead, Dave Wilson, John(Billy) Bolton John Whitely,  Barry Corbett, Eileen Corbett, landlord Mark Lee and Richard Warsop.  (1303082AM1)
NADV 1303082AM1 Barry Corbett and The Mustangs @The Old Royal Oak. Dave Wilson and Richard Warsop entertained members of the band Barry Corbett and the Mustangs at a reunion to celebrate 50 years of the band playing with The Beatles at The Royal Hall. In the picture are landlady Joan Lee, John Lochead, Dave Wilson, John(Billy) Bolton John Whitely, Barry Corbett, Eileen Corbett, landlord Mark Lee and Richard Warsop. (1303082AM1)
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The area will be awash with Beatles nostalgia in the coming week s with a big show at Harrogate’s Royal Hall in two weeks’ time and a concert at Scotton this weekend.

Scotton is hosting a special concert this Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ 1963 concert in Harrogate - and it already looks to be a big hit.

Tickets have as good as sold out for the show at the village hall, which has a capacity of 250.

Perhaps it’s because of the local reputation of the event’s headliners, The Fab Beatles, having played a sold out show at the FEVA festival in Knaresborough last summer already.

For their Scotton concert this Saturday night, The Fab Beatles, named by the BBC as their favourite Beatles tribute band, will recreate the atmosphere of the Cavern Club in its heyday.

It’s not been the only local event marking the histroric night.

As well as the big 50th anniversary show coming up in a fortnight with The Upbeat Beatles in Harrogate organised by the Royal Hall Restoration Trust, last Friday at the Royal Oak in Knaresborough, members of Barry Corbett and the Mustangs met up to play live and reminisce. (Please see picture above)

Both songs and beers flowed at the pub run by Mark Lee, as well as stories of the times these local musicians supported The Beatles.

Also on hand to play Beatles numbers was top local musician Dave Wilson, a keen Fab Four fan himself.

The original Beatles’ only local show took place at the Royal Hall on March 8, 1963 when they were supported by three local bands - Barry Corbett and his Mustangs, Ricky Fenton and the Apaches and The Chinchillas.

All proceeds from Saturday’s show at Scotton will go towards the new hall roof fund, so come along, and enjoy some Beatlemania. There will also be prizes for the best 1960’s vintage costumes plus a bar and proper dance floor.

There may be a few tickets left at Pear Music, High Street, Knaresborough or by telephoning01423 864120 or from Scotton Village Hall on 01423 862061.

In terms of the Royal Hall Restoration Trust concert on Wednesday, March 27 starring world famous tribute band The Upbeat Beatles, some tickets are still remaining at the Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or book at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk