Live: Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey

8.00pm, Saturday 30 July 1960 (53 years ago)

Having performed at the Grosvenor Ballroom on each consecutive Saturday since 4 June 1960, The Silver Beetles’ residency came to a close on this night.

The violent crowds that attended the venue each weekend became such a problem that local residents complained to the Wallasey Corporation, the owners of the ballroom. Council officials cancelled promoter Les Dodd’s future rock ‘n’ roll dates and ordered him to reintroduce the more sedate ‘strict tempo’ dances.

The Grosvenor Ballroom did host more live rock ‘n’ roll towards the end of 1960, but the events were organised by the Corporation itself, without the involvement of Dodd and his Paramount Enterprises promotions organisation.

The Beatles performed at the Grosvenor Ballroom on 14 occasions between June 1960 and September 1961. The other dates were 4, 6, 11, 18 and 25 June; 2, 9, 16 and 23 July; 24 December 1960; 24 February; 10 March; and 15 September 1961.

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