Full Details of our Grand Finale on Sunday July 9!

The grand finale of our five days of anniversary celebrations will take place on Sunday July 9 from 10.30am until (approx) 4pm!

All-Age Service

Everyone is welcome to attend a special All-Age Service at St Peter’s with a special Beatles theme from 10.30am!  After the service, the Church will remain open until 4pm, with free tours of the beautiful building.

Rose Planting Ceremony

Following the service, our special guests will take part in a rose-planting ceremony in the Churchyard, to provide a permanent marker for this special anniversary.

Research conducted by students in the Department of History & Archaeology at the University of Chester revealed that one of the most popular roses in 1957 was the “Peace Rose” which, of course, links perfectly to the Peace Cross outside St Peter’s and John’s love of peace.  When this is added to the vibrant pink colour of the McCartney Rose, then planting a “Pink Peace” rose seemed like the perfect way to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul at our Church fete.

The rose-planting ceremony has been made possible through the generosity of AIGBURTH HALL NURSERIES and we are extremely grateful for their support.  The owners and staff at the nurseries claim that they are “passionate about plants and people” and we agree wholeheartedly!  Aigburth Hall Nurseries are active in their support of the local community and many charities, and they understand that “community matters.”  We are proud and privileged that they will forever be a part of our celebration of community through their generous donation of the roses!

Grand finale

After the rose-planting ceremony, everyone is invited to the Church Hall where sandwiches and snacks, generously donated by the Hard Day’s Night Hotel, and drinks, generously donated by Tesco Woolton, will be available!

From 12.30pm the BabyFaced Beatles will perform, accompanied for one song by a VERY special guest!  Trust us, this is a moment not to be missed as we bring together “past, present and future” and celebrate the true legacy of the day that the Beatles began in our Church Hall.

After a short break, during which the anniversary cake will be cut and served, Rob Clarke and the Wooltones will round off the celebrations with a set of skiffle music, taking us full circle and back to how it all began in 1957!

And don’t miss out on the last chance to buy tickets for the Community Celebration Raffle before the draw takes place from 2.30pm!

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a very special day and a fitting climax to our celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul at St Peter’s Church, and went on to change the world!


Rob Clarke and the Wooltones – Getting Back to How it Once Began!

The culmination of five days of celebrations!

A full 1 hour skiffle set in the spirit of the day it started!

Sunday July 9, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Rob Clarke and the Wooltones forgo their trademark ‘60s psych Mersey style pop, and don checked shirts to play an authentic skiffle set with the sound and feel of the era, featuring songs John and The Quarrymen played back in 1957 – Rock Island Line, Maggie May, Twenty Flight Rock, Be Bop A Lula….
Bring your washboard, wear your poodle skirt –
Be There or be Square!
#CelebrateCommunity  #StPeters60

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!


Celebrating the Past with Rob Clarke and the Wooltones!

With a theme of ‘past, present and future’ for the final day of our anniversary celebrations, as well as our emphasis on the importance of community, there can be no-one better to take us back into the past and to the day that it all began than the Woolton-based group, Rob Clarke and the Wooltones!



Forgoing their trademark ‘60s psych Mersey style pop, Rob and the band will don checked shirts to play a full one-hour skiffle set that will feature many of the songs John and The Quarrymen played back in 1957.  In doing so, they will truly take us back to that moment with another local lad and his mates played skiffle here at St Peter’s Church before heading out to change the world!

Rob and the Wooltones will feature in the grande finale of the anniversary celebrations, taking place in St Peter’s Church Hall from approximately 1pm to 4pm (a more detailed schedule will be available nearer the time, so watch this space).  Admission is free and refreshments will provided, so please join us for what promises to be an unforgettable and fabulous event!


We were absolutely delighted when Rob and the band, the appropriately named Wooltones, agreed to take part of the anniversary celebrations, and we cannot thank them enough.  As well as playing down the Cavern for the past three years as part of the IPO Festival, Rob also recorded in Nashville with Neil Young producer Elliot Mazer last year and his music features regularly here on the BBC and on USA radio.

Rob and the Wooltones have attracted attention worldwide and their current Album ‘Are You Wooltoned?’ was New Jersey label Kool Kat Musik’s 2016 best seller and featured in various 2016 best release lists all over the planet including Goldmine Magazine.


To understand why we’re so delighted with this news, check out the video of their recent track, “Brown Paper Bag,” and some of their many great reviews!

‘Rob Clarke And The Wooltones are from Woolton (Get It?), a suburb of Liverpool. Pure Merseybeat… It’s brilliant to note that the spirit of Scouse Pop isn’t dead and this compilation is certainly one of the better releases that I’ve heard this year’ – I Don’t Hear a Single Blog

‘A moment of pop majesty that has all the feel of the golden age of Liverpool’s dominance over the pop world but firmly sits in its 21st Century renaissance’ – Liverpool Sound and Vision

‘Rob Clarke and the Wooltones are the real deal, or as close as you possibly can get to it at this point’ – Audio Ammunition

For more on the band, including how Rob first met and was impressed by the Wooltones after both acts were on the same bill for a successful concert to help save the landmark local cinema when Rob played a folk song he had written specifically, called ‘Save Woolton Cinema’, check out the band’s website!

You can listen and find out more about the Wooltones at:


The BabyFaced Beatles – Celebrating Past, Present and Future!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the final event in our anniversary celebrations, on Sunday July 9,  will feature a special appearance by the BabyFaced Beatles!

c. Liverpool Echo

The boys recently brought the house down when they appeared at the League of Welldoers’ variety benefit concert in the Philharmonic Hall, and we were so excited when they agreed to be part of our anniversary celebrations.

These boys — Louis, 11, Jay, 12, Killian, 11 and Harry, 11 – and others like them are the real legacy of the momentous events that took place at St Peter’s Church on July 6, 1957.  The future of live Beatles music rests on their young shoulders, and there can be no better way of ending our celebration of the moment when it all began, in the place where it all began, than with a performance from the boys who represent the future.

The boys are also the epitome of the theme of our celebrations – the importance of community.

c. Liverpool Echo

It was a community event at our Church that led to a moment of magic; one that is still inspiring youngsters like the BabyFaced Beatles today – bringing out the best in the boys as well as bringing pleasure to so many people whenever and wherever they play.  That is our true legacy, and one that we are both privileged and humbled to celebrate this year.


So please join us from 1pm on Sunday July 9 as we finish our celebrations of the day that John met Paul at St Peter’s Church with a special performance from the BabyFaced Beatles!

(Watch this space for more details of other events that will form part of the final day of our celebrations of the day that John met Paul.)