COMING UP: Rock Gala to celebrate 50 years of The Beatles, Knotty Ash Hall 17/03/12

KNOTTY Ash community centre is to host a special gala concert to celebrate 50 years since The Beatles played there. On 17 March 1962, four relative unknowns appeared at the then village hall to wow the crowds. Now 50 years on some of today’s young hopefuls will take to the stage to remember a great night in Liverpool’s musical heritage – the anniversary of the birth of one of the most famous groups in the world.

Cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon said: “This is an historic venue which once hosted the biggest band ever. We hope the evening will be a great success and who knows we may even find another fab four among those playing at the gala concert.”

Also on the bill 50 years ago was another local group, Rory Storm and The Hurricanes and their then drummer Ringo Starr, who later replaced Pete Best to form the line up we all know today.

The village hall will stage a week of celebrations running from Monday 12 March through to Saturday 17 March including a look at the fascinating history of Knotty Ash and its surrounding areas. Download a PDF of all the events HERE

The programme is part of a year long series of events happening across the city to mark the 50th anniversary of the Birth of the Beatles. Further information about all events taking place including times and costs (where applicable) can be found at HERE

Local groups performing have made extensive use of a media suite housed at the community centre. The suite was installed in 2009 as part of a £215,000 refurbishment of Knotty Ash community centre and is cited as a major factor in a significant drop in crime in and around the area.

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