It’s so lovely to welcome tour groups back to St Peter’s! Here are some of today’s visitors, here for the big match at Anfield tomorrow, with Graham Paisley, son of legendary Liverpool manager, Bob Paisley!
Open Mic Night – July 6, 2022
On July 6, 1957, St Peter’s Church Hall was filled with the sound of music, including the George Edwards Band, the Quarrymen putting on the style, and a young Paul McCartney rocking up twenty flights on guitar and shaking a whole lot on the piano! On July 6 this year, 65 years to the day, of that memorable evening when the Lennon-McCartney partnership began and musical history was made, we want to fill the hall with music again with an Open Mic night.
Our goal is to provide the opportunity for musicians within the local community to come together and celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Paul being introduced to the Quarrymen right here at St Peter’s!
So, if you would like to play in one of the most important places in modern musical history on the anniversary of the day that the Beatles began, this is your chance!! It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an expert, whether you’re on your own or have your own group, everyone is welcome! If you are on your own, and would like a “little help” from new friends, the Fab Few, our hosts for the evening, will be happy to help.
Recording for posterity is allowed!
More details can be found HERE
To book your slot, or if you have any questions, please email Chris at email@example.com
We always love finding out that young people are learning about the Beatles in school, and it’s great to welcome children and school groups to St Peter’s to visit the historic site where the Beatles began!
Back in 2016, Rick G — known to many Beatles fans for his Fans on the Run group, and a good friend of St Peter’s — told us about his sister’s class in Tennessee who were learning about the Beatles. Obviously it was a bit too far for a field trip but, thanks to a generous donation, we were able to send a little piece of St Peter’s to them!
We were so grateful to Mrs Vaughn for sending us photos of her class with the items from St Peter’s, and for getting all necessary permissions so that we can share the photos. Seeing their smiles made our day and is a lovely reminder of the joy and love that the Beatles represent!
There is an update to this story, though! This week Mrs Vaughn contacted us again. The teddy bear – Merseybeat Pete – has been adopted as the class mascot and Mrs Vaughn told us that he proudly sits in her classroom. She added, “I love when my students ask about the sweet teddy bear that watches over our class from the shelf! That occurred just this morning and they are all doing Beatles research right now!”
We are looking forward to welcoming the world to St Peter’s again but knowing that these children, as well as people all around the world, love and cherish our historic site makes us even happier!
We think that teachers are wonderful because they make a real difference in the world and you’ve certainly made a difference for us. Thank you Mrs Vaughn, and thanks to your wonderful students too!
One of the most exciting things about history is that there is always something new to discover and, when that discovery adds to our knowledge of the history and heritage of St Peter’s Church, it’s even more exciting!
So you can imagine how we felt when Alix, a good friend of St Peter’s spotted a post from Chris Bannister on Facebook, and we are absolutely delighted and grateful to Chris for allowing us to share his photo and the story behind it here!
Chris explained, “This is my father riding the horse Avon Lad at Woolton Village Fete a year before he went in the army. The date was July 6th 1957 and a band called The Quarrymen performed later that day and met their 15 year old, future guitar player Paul McCartney. My dad doesn’t remember seeing them play but apparently they were quite good. “
In 1969 John would sing “I dig a pony” and we certainly dig this pony! Thanks so much, Chris, for allowing us to publish your lovely photo and adding a little something extra to that special, historic and ‘fete-ful’ day.
If you’re in the US and like watching Jeopardy you might have enjoyed yesterday’s Final Jeopardy question. The category was “Music Legends”:
Debbie Leaf, a good friend of St Peter’s, was watching and we’re very grateful to her for sending us the screenshots. She told us that all three contestants gave the same answer — Simon and Garfunkel!
Happy New Year from everyone at St Peter’s to all our friends around the world! We hope that the new year brings you health and happiness and that we’ll be able to welcome you to St Peter’s again. But whatever 2022 brings, remember that you’ll never walk alone.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all our friends around the world from everyone at St Peter’s Church. We hope you have a peaceful and happy holiday season, and we look forward to welcoming you all to the birthplace of the Beatles next year as we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the day that John met Paul in St Peter’s Church Hall!
When John Met Paul 65: Tickets on sale here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whenjohnmetpaul65/when-john-met-paul-65/2022-07-09/18:45/t-ogeapz
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Top Beatle Guide (and good friend of St Peter’s) Jackie Spencer has put together this amazing video tour of Mal Evans in Liverpool! Check it out here: https://ko-fi.com/post/Mal-Evans-Liverpool-J3J67K4KL?fbclid=IwAR3-HtsQwAmf5l_7WQG2PzNN4trp3XpdBwTYkJCKe_dTks0E7IGfXlCZsLc
If you love it as much as we did, please remember to buy Jackie a virtual coffee to show your appreciation!
Tickets for our special celebration of the day that John met Paul at St Peter’s Church Hall are selling much faster than we expected!
Only 28 tickets left! Buy yours HERE!
July 9, 2022 – The Quarrymen in Concert
We are delighted and privileged to announce that the Quarrymen will be performing in the Church Hall, just as they did 65 years ago. The Quarrymen will be supported by The Shakers, the Cavern’s resident Merseybeat group and leading exponents of the original Mersey Sound today! In addition to three sets of live music, the ticket price includes a buffet, with both savoury and sweet finger food and nibbles. Following the format of the highly successful “Celebration of Community” dance held on July 7, 2017, all guests are welcome to bring their own drinks!
More information here: When John Met Paul 65!
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Along with the nation, we paused at St Peter’s Church today to remember all those who have served, all those who lost their lives as a result of their service, and their family and friends.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.