IT’S been quite a time for Beatles fans recently.

Peter Jackson’s epic documentary on the final days of the fab four, Get Back, has debuted on streaming services to huge acclaim while this week also saw the marking of 10 years since the passing of George Harrison.

Next year will mark 50 years since The Beatles first played two venues in the St Helens borough on their way to becoming a worldwide phenomenon.

It was the evening of Monday, June 25 1962 when they made their first appearance at the Plaza Ballroom on Duke Street, St Helens after earlier playing a lunchtime time show at the Cavern Club.

The date was the band’s first booking with Whetstone Entertainments, a company which ran two other ballrooms in the Merseyside area, the Orrell Park in Liverpool and the Riverpark in Chester.

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Manager Brian Epstein was keen to impress Whetstone and wrote a note to The Beatles, who still featured Pete Best on drums at this point, stressing the importance of the show for which they got paid £25. It seemed to work and The Beatles would go on to make four more appearances at the Plaza, the last of which came on Monday, March 4 1963 and saw them receive their first ever £100 appearance fee.

Today The Plaza is still standing and currently houses the popular Cinema Bar.

The second venue in the region visited by The Beatles was the Town Hall on Market Street, Earlestown, which they played on Friday, November 30 1962. Built in 1893, this beautiful building regularly held dances in the 1960s and The Beatles’ engagement was billed as ‘The Big Beat Show No. 2’ and was presented by T and T Vicars Sports and Social Club (Football Section).

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It was a busy time for The Beatles who had released their debut single, Love Me Do the previous month. Four days before the Earlestown show they had recorded their second single, Please Please Me, at Abbey Road studios.

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