Reforming 50 years on for big Beatles show

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By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers

Local musicians who 50 years ago supported The Beatles on their only Harrogate show have confirmed they are to reform for a special performance.

Several members of the three acts on the same bill as the legendary ‘Fab Four’ at the Royal Hall in March 1963 are preparing for a unique reunion at the Royal Hall.

This time round, they will be supporting tribute band The Upbeat Beatles in a gala show organised by the Royal Hall Restoration Fund.

Led by Barry Corbett, members of the three acts who played 50 years ago are already rehearsing for their short set before the headlining act at the anniversary show in four week’s time.

Half a century ago, they were teenagers in three local actsfrom the Harrogate area - Barry Corbett and The Mustangs, Ricky Fenton and the Apaches and The Chinchillas.

Although they brushed shoulders with John, Paul, George and Ringo back stage, they had little idea how historic their encounter would prove to be.

At that point, the foursome had enjoyed only two hits so far, Love Me Do and Please, Please Me.

For The Beatles themselves, the Royal Hall show was just one stop in an incredibly packed schedule that year.

The night before they appeared in Harrogate they played at the Elizabethan Ballroom in Nottingham.

The night after they were at London’s Granada Cinema.

Within 12 months, they would be famous worldwide.

Tickets for the 50th anniversary show are on sale at the Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or book online at

l Don’t miss our Weekend section next week for a special 8-page Beatles at the Royal Hall souvenir supplement.