Live: Maney Hall, Sutton Coldfield

8.00pm, Friday 1 February 1963 (51 years ago)

This was The Beatles’ first show of 1 February 1963, prior to a late-night performance at the Assembly Rooms in Tamworth.

Maney Hall is also known as St Peter’s Church Hall, and stands on Maney Hill Road in the Warwickshire town.

11 Responses to “Live: Maney Hall, Sutton Coldfield”

  1. Sherry Wykes

    And ohhh I was there. We had no idea what would become of the band playing on stage… and to think I sat there, on the stage, drinking my orange juice :)

    Oh how times have changed

    Regards

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    • Joe

      Hi Sherry. Do you have any more memories of the show? Please do pass on any details you can remember, no matter how minor – I’d love to hear them.

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      • Sherry Wykes

        Sorry for the delay Joe, been in hospital :(
        Well can’t remember much. We would get the bus (10 minute journey) and queue to get in. I know we both (my friend Sheila and myself) sat on the stage with our orange juice (it was a Church hall). We did that every week :) You have to remember that at this time they weren’t big. I think they’d been on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ a couple of weeks prior to their gig at Maney.
        I’m pretty sure we would have ‘snuck out’ (rubber stamped wrist to get back in) and down to the pub… I know I was 14 lol, but they let us go in the ‘snug’ at the back and we had a vodka and orange lol. Oh memories. Naughty, yep :)
        There was usually a supporting band for those appearing, local lads, and I’m sure there was a supporting band that night.
        We all just carried on dancing… jiving…. false nails flying off and landing on the floor lol. I hate to say this but they really didn’t errr register with me that night, sorry. :) I saw band called The Uglys (Steve Gibbons) and they had far more of an impact on me. But all that was to change :)
        Maney had live music every Saturday night and sometimes Friday… and we were all very sad when they decided to close it :(.

        To give you a taste of the times, we moved on to Erdington, about 3 miles up the road from Sutton Coldfield, to the Carlton Club. There we had the likes of Carl Wayne & The Vikings (Move), Denny Laine & The Diplomats (Moodies) playing 4 times a week and once again we just sat on the stage chatting with the bands :) and no we weren’t groupies, we just loved music and dancing.
        My life has been music. Saw Status Quo in their psychedelic days at the Swan Inn, Yardley. Spencer Davis Group, Idle Race, Rockin’ Berries (Birmingham bands) were around.

        Saw the Rolling Stones several times at the Odeon Birmingham. Saw Cream at the Carlton. Amen Corner at the Plaza Handsworth. Led Zep many times. Beach Boys at the Odeon Birmingham. Monkees in Wembely. Then at the end of that era ended up at the Isle Of Wight and saw the likes of Free and Hendrix :)

        I know I digresses, but I did want you to know what it was like to be a teenager back then. Truly wonderful. We started with Elvis and rock’n roll (full skirts with wonderful net underneat), then came Mary Quant with wonderful hair and mini skirts, followed by hippies and flowers in our hair (and on our faces), long skirts and wonderful music. And of course at this time Sgt. Pepper :) which did, indeed, change everything (along with Pet Sounds).

        Just a little note to set the scene… As you walked into Maney hall the stage was at the far end in front of you. There was a wooden dance floor and two rows of seats either side where the girls and boys sat waiting for someone to ask them to dance :) Cute eh! It was really just a glorified hut, but we loved it. It was ours. We were (young) teenagers and it was somewhere just for us to have a wonderful time once, sometimes twice a week.

        I’m sorry I can’t tell you more about the Beatles themselves, but we would have just carried on dancing, sat on the stage and chatted with them all. Then they’d go and we’d go home, waiting for next week’s band.

        I do hope I haven’t rambled on too much and that you’ve found some of this interesting, even if it maybe a little off topic :)

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        • Joe

          Very interesting! Thanks Sherry – it’s great to get a flavour of those times. It’s so hard to imagine The Beatles as ‘just another band’, but I guess in early 1963 they still had massive fame and fortune to come. Thanks again for sharing your memories with us.

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          • Sherry Wykes

            Yes, well, that’s what they were.

            Back then every weekend (sometimes weekdays), bands would be off in their vans (sleeping in them) all round the UK getting themselves known. As with the Beatles that night, playing two venues, all over by 10.30pm. :)

            Many of the bands would meet in the middle of Birmingham (at the Baked Potato stand by the station – yep, I tell no lie lol) after their gigs, normally around 11pm to discuss what went on, how it was, was the venue ok, how big the crowd etc etc. And the visting bands also went there.

            Err you say “it’s hard to imagine them as just another band” – Imagine how Sheila and I have felt for the rest of our lives :( We sat on the stage, we chatted…. no autographs for us :( No photo’s for us :( We errr just literally took them for granted …. I used to look at George on TV (my favourite) and think ‘IF ONLY’ lol. But I wouldn’t change a thing, I know they were there, we knew we were there :)

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  2. Sherry Wykes

    I would just add that the map above is as it is today, not back then.

    St Peter’s Church Hall, known locally as Maney Hall, was a wooden building located on the corner of Maney Hill Road and Birmingham Road, next to the Church, (which sadly appears to have been rebuilt/relocated).

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  3. Steve Beauchampe

    Sherry, if you do get to read this, thanks for all your memories. Joe, I’ve recently found an article in the Tamworth Herald newspaper reporting the gig this night that states the Beatles played for 30 minutes from 11:45pm-12:15am, AFTER travelling over from Maney Hall. If you look at the poster for Tamworth it says doors open 9pm and dance finishes at 1am, while Sherry indicates that the show she attended was over by 10:30pm. So the two performances do appear to be the other way round than that which we thought. Hope this helps.

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