Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Where Were You? Remember When A Night of Superstars and Tragedy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Where Were You? Remember When A Night of Superstars and Tragedy

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Byline: Compiled by Paul Delplanque

The Beatles and a night to remember.

Friday November 22, 1963.

What were you doing the night of Friday November 22, 1963? On that fateful Friday 45 years ago, thousands of young Teessiders were emerging from the excitement of seeing The Beatles at the Globe in Stockton confronted with the tragic news that President JFK had been shot. A night that started in elation ended in utter deflation.

Teenagers had queued all night to buy the precious yellow tickets, starting at between six shillings and sixpence - not an enormous amount of money even then, but with only about 5,000 seats to be filled over two performances the tickets were like gold dust.

Among them were Christine Swift (nee Lipthorpe) with her three friends, all of them from Oxbridge, Stockton.

"It was the most exciting night of our lives. We screamed ourselves hoarse that night!" says Christine.

Gillian Samples from waited just to see the lads arrive. "A Rolls Royce came screeching down Stockton High Street. The doors were flung open and the Fab Four ran straight into the Globe."

Once inside, fans dutifully applauded The Vernons Girls, Peter Jay and The Jay Walkers, The Brook Brothers, The Kestrals and The Rhythm and Blues Quartet until the big moment came.

Tony McCue was only ten but he can still remember the anticipation of that night. "I remember sitting there calmly watching the supporting acts and waiting for The Beatles. Then the moment arrived - all I heard after that was hysterical screaming from the girls."

The first two bars of 'I Saw Her Standing There' were drowned out by 2,500 fans - among them Val Bainbridge: "They sang lots of tunes but my fave was 'She Loves You' and I remember singing along, screaming and crying all through the concert. By the end I was exhausted!"

Piecing together the programme from memories of that night, the evening went something like this: 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 Twist And Shout Several fans also remembered hearing 'Please, Please Me' as well. …

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