When The Beatles Came To Northampton – Twice!

Inside the ABC Cinema, Northampton, as it is today

ABC Cinema, Northampton
8.00pm, Wednesday 27th March 1963
The 17th date of The Beatles’ tour of England with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez took them to Northampton, for a performance at the ABC Cinema. Other acts on the bill were the Viscounts, Debbie Lee, the Terry Young Six, and 208 D.J Tony Marsh.

 The group’s setlist on this tour contained six songs: Love Me Do, Misery, A Taste Of Honey, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Please Please Me and I Saw Her Standing There.

A printed menu from the Angel Hotel, Bridge Street, Northampton, Wednesday 27th March, signed and annoted on the back in blue ballpoint pen Love from The Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr xx George Harrison xxx and in pencil by John Lennon xxx

The Beatles were to return to Northampton on one other occasion in the same year, playing again at the ABC Cinema on 6th November 1963.

queuing in Northampton to see the worlds greatest popular band. Opposite is the old bank building that later became my workplace: BBC Radio Northampton

ABC Cinema, Northampton
8.00pm, Wednesday 6th November 1963 The fifth stop on The Beatles’ Autumn Tour of England and Ireland in 1963 took them to the ABC Theatre in Northampton. All of these pictures appear to be from this second appearance.  On the same bill were Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers, the Brook Brothers with the Rhythm and Blues Quartet, the Vernons Girls, the Kestrels, and compere/comedian Frank  Berry.

They performed 10 songs: I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You, All My Loving, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, Till There Was You, She Loves You, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

This was The Beatles’ second and final concert appearance in Northampton.

Two sets of autographs from that night

Paul, John & George tune up just before going on stage




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3 responses to “When The Beatles Came To Northampton – Twice!

  1. Shannon Tuscher

    I have a picture that was my mothers. It was from this night yet I believe its just a copy. any chance its worth any money? No signatures, just probably a copy that was a replicate for sale.

    • Good morning Shannon. It’s dificult to say without seeing it. If it’s an original it may be worth contacting a dealer for an estimate. Many thanks for taking time to write to me.
      All the best,

  2. John Maltman

    I have a Police charge sheet from the Campbell square police station, with all 4 signatures, and a statement from the police officer who was guarding them at the time! Dated & Signed.

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