Live: Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool

8.00pm, Thursday 5 January 1961 (53 years ago)

The Beatles had given a triumphant homecoming performance at Litherland Town Hall on 27 December 1960, following their first trip to Hamburg. They returned to the venue on this date for a second time.

The night was promoted by Brian Kelly, whose Beekay events took place at halls across northern Liverpool. The Beatles performed at 36 Beekay engagements between this date and 11 March 1961, several of which were booked immediately after their December show.

This was the first time Paul McCartney played bass guitar with The Beatles, as Stuart Sutcliffe had chosen to stay in Hamburg with Astrid Kirchherr.

The Beatles were paid £7 10s (£7.50) for this appearance. In the audience were Johnny Guitar and Ringo Starr from Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, who had returned from Hamburg the day before.

The Beatles played a total of 20 shows at Litherland Town Hall; the final one took place on 9 November 1961.

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