Live: Floral Hall, Southport

8.00pm, Tuesday 15 October 1963 (50 years ago)

This was The Beatles’ final appearance at Southport’s Floral Hall.

It took place on the day it was announced that The Beatles had been invited to appear on the Royal Command Performance. With press coverage reaching fever pitch after the group’s appearance on Sunday Night At The London Palladium, reporters from London travelled up to Southport in the expectation of more riotous scenes.

The Beatles played at the Floral Hall on four occasions. The other dates were 20 February and 20 November 1962; and 23 April 1963.

The Floral Hall was built in the 1930s and became part of the Southport Theatre when the latter was added in 1973. It is still in use today.

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