DOUBLE 'SAME DAY' BOOKING
This was a same day double booking for The Beatles on 13 June 1963
1) SOUTHERN SPORTING CLUB, THE CORONA,
BIRCH ST/HYDE RD, MANCHESTER
The Mayflower Club on Birch Street stood directly across the Hyde Road from Belle Vue. Originally known as The Corona, it had been built in Manchester’s cinema heyday of the 1920s and had, along with many of the city’s thousands of cinemas, been converted into a dance hall in the late 1950s. Since its relative respectability as The Southern Sporting Club, which hosted cabaret and dancing through the 1960s, the building, renamed The Mayflower had been left to decay. There was a decidedly non-Puritan ambience to The Mayflower Club. Most of the live events that were promoted there during the 1970s were reggae concerts that other premises were too cautious to accommodate. The exterior of the building was whiskered with weeds and the upper floors shut off because they were unsafe.
The club is now demolished.
2) PALACE THEATRE, TURNCROFT LANE, OFFERTON, STOCKPORT
Here's a great story courtesy of Tony Philbin and Stockport Express with thanks!
IT WAS 40 years ago when four mop-topped lads from Liverpool swept into town. But for barman Tony Philbin the epic night seems like it was only 'Yesterday'.
On June 13, 1963, The Beatles were on the crest of a wave when they played their one-and-only gig in Stockport at the Offerton Palace Theatre Club.
More than 300 screaming fans were packed into the popular night spot, on the corner of Turncroft Lane and Hall Street, to see the 30-minute performance.
One of those present was Tony, a fresh-faced 20-year-old, who worked behind the bar between 1961-65 to supplement his income as an insurance clerk. And despite being rushed off his feet on that Thursday night, Tony, from De Went Avenue, Marple Bridge, remembers the Fab Four's performance fondly.
He said: "They were superb and the highlight for me was John Lennon
singing 'Twist and Shout'. He really belted it out and it made the hairs
on the back of my neck stand on end.
"The place was electric and they were so raw - I'd never seen anything like it before. We were used to seeing crooners so it was like a breath of fresh air when The Beatles arrived. It was very exciting because they weren't polished at all, and it was that sheer energy that made the night so special and memorable."
The Beatles had been booked following the modest success of 'Love Me Do', but by the time they arrived in June 1963 they had also released 'Please Please Me' and Beatlemania was taking the world by storm.
Tony added: "The place was in chaos with hordes of teenagers, mainly girls, screaming - which was unusual for the Theatre Club as it was a members club
and the audience was generally older.
"Other staff had difficulty getting in due to the huge crowds milling about outside. The screaming could be heard in the club and every word The Beatles sung could be heard outside for the unfortunate people without tickets."
But if Tony has one regret it is he never asked for their autographs.
He said: "At their request I took drinks down to their dressing room -
a dozen bottles of Coke for which I was thanked.
"I just wish I had asked for their autographs, but at the time I was used to seeing celebrities and didn't fully appreciate the impact these four were going to make later - it's a pity, they'd have been worth a bob or two nowadays.
Palace Theatre Club, which underwent a number of name changes
including Glad Rags, Rotters, Harveys Hamilitons and latterly
Prague, was finally shut down in 1995.
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