The Day John Met Paul

Here are James Davis’ photos of the procession that began the festivities on July 6, 1957 the day that John met Paul, and also Geoff Rhind’s famous photograph of the Quarrymen performing at the fete in the afternoon.  You have to wonder what was in John’s mind as he sat on the back of the lorry as it trundled around Woolton village, or in Paul’s mind when he first saw John on stage!  Whatever it was, little did they know that their lives would never be the same again as a result of that ‘fateful’ conversation in St Peter’s Church Hall later that day!

We are indebted to Rod Davis and Geoff Rhind for allowing us to post their photographs on our website!

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Day John Met Paul

Although the first big anniversary celebration didn’t take place at St Peter’s until 1997, we were thrilled when a member of the current congregation gave us some old parish magazines that she’d found.  Among them was one from July 1987, which included a small piece commemorating the 30th anniversary of the day that John met Paul and discussing the impact that that meeting was having on Woolton village as well as on the world.

One of the wonderful things about preparing to celebrate the 60th anniversary is the constant discovery of little snippets like these of the Church’s past that only confirm how important St Peter’s Church is in the story and legacy of the Beatles!


I wonder what we’ll find next!!

Photo Mystery – Can You Help?

Mark Ashworth has sent us this fabulous photograph, taken in St Peter’s Church Hall in the late 1950s or early 1960s, and we’d love to find out as much as we can about it!

We wondered if it might be a gathering of the Church Youth Club, as there’s a box of 45s on the table on the left hand side, but if anyone can help with any information, we’d be very grateful.

You can comment on this post, or email us at

But even if we can’t find out anything, we still love this new glimpse into the history of St Peter’s Church Hall!  Thanks for allowing us to share this, Mark.


Thank You, Hard Day’s Night Hotel!

The Hard Day’ Night Hotel

With a little help … 

There are occasions when the words “thank you” will never be enough to express the full extent of a person’s gratitude.  Today, for all of us at St Peter’s Church, is one of those days, as we attempt to express our thanks to the Hard Day’s Night Hotel.


As we were planning the events for Sunday July 9, we realised that there might be a slight problem for those people who wished to attend the whole day.  With the Church service beginning at 10.30am, and the party not finishing until at least 4pm, we knew that everyone would be faced with the choice of either going hungry or missing out on some of the fun while they went in search of their Sunday dinner!  However, the only way that the Church could provide refreshments would also involve charging an entry fee — and that’s the last thing that we want to do!

The Lennon Suite, Hard Day’s Night Hotel

Well, thanks to the wonderful people at the Hard Day’s Night hotel, our dilemma may have been at least partially resolved!  Through the exceedingly generous support of the hotel, we will be able to offer snacks to all our visitors that day completely free of charge!

We, at St Peter’s Church are so very grateful for this wonderful gesture of support, and not only because it makes it possible for us to continue to welcome visitors to share in the celebrations without having to charge an entrance fee.  It also represents and reflects the hotel’s belief in the importance of St Peter’s Church in the history and the legacy of the Beatles, and that means the world to us.

thank you from all at st peter’s to the hard day’s night hotel!

“With a little help from our friends … ” Thank you, Hard Day’s Night Hotel!