The Beatles are given Variety Club awards

12.00pm, Thursday 19 March 1964 (50 years ago)

On this day The Beatles attended the 12th annual luncheon held by the Variety Club of Great Britain, where leader of the opposition Harold Wilson presented them with the Show Business Personalities of 1963 award.

The Beatles with UK prime minister Harold Wilson, 19 March 1964

The ceremony took place at the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane, London, and was filmed by a number of TV and news organisations. The BBC made a 30-minute show out of the footage, which was screened from 10.30pm the following day.

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