Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Wasn't a Big Fan - I Was Only There Because My Brother Was into the Beatles; 1963 Fab Four Photos Up for Auction after Almost Half a Century in a Drawer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Wasn't a Big Fan - I Was Only There Because My Brother Was into the Beatles; 1963 Fab Four Photos Up for Auction after Almost Half a Century in a Drawer

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Byline: Dan Warburton

FORGOTTEN images of The Beatles' 1963 North East tour have resurfaced after spending more than 47 years gathering dust in a grandfather's Tyneside home.

Freelance photographer Keith Perry snapped the Fab Four as they toured the region in November 1963, when they played gigs in Newcastle and Sunderland.

But for nearly five decades the photos have remained unseen after the father-of-three filed them in a drawer in his Heaton home.

Now the images are going under the hammer at an auction of memorabilia dedicated to the band in their Liverpool hometown.

Last night Mr Perry revealed he was not a great fan of the band and he had only gone to meet them to collect their autographs for his brother.

Those autographs now take pride of place in the Butterfly Cabinet cafe owned Mr Perry's brother, Neil, in Heaton.

The 68-year-old, who has two sons and one daughter, said: "I wasn't a particularly big fan - I was only there because my brother was into the band.

"I was freelancing at the time and there was a press conference. I got my brother all four photographs on one piece of paper. "He's got them all in the Butterfly Cabinet in Heaton. They've been faded by the sunshine otherwise they would be worth a fortune."

The Beatles came to the North East in November 1963 and played a gig at Newcastle's City Hall before performing at the Sunderland Empire a week later.

It was the 19th date of The Beatles' 1963 Autumn Tour, and the third time they performed at Newcastle's City Hall.

Screaming fans meant they had to be sneaked into and out of Tyneside as an ever growing army of teenage girls sparked a security scare.

Last year a toilet owned by John Lennon was sold for pounds 9,500. The porcelain bowl was used by the Beatle for three years when he lived at Tittenhurst Park in Berkshire between 1969 and 1972. Now auctioneers are hoping their latest lot will attract the same level of interest. …

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