Rare photos have revealed a behind-the-scenes glimpse at The Beatles historic debut Plymouth concert.
One momentous day in 1963, the biggest band in the world arrived in Plymouth for the first time.
Still in their early days and sporting their trademark mop haircuts but with more relaxed suits than they had previously been known for, the Fab Four were working their way around the country on their autumn tour when they played the ABC on November 13.
It was to be the band’s fourth tour of Britain within nine months, this one scheduled for six weeks. In mid-November, as ‘Beatlemania’ intensified, police reportedly resorted to using high-pressure water hoses to control the crowd before a concert in Plymouth.
More photos show the foursome on stage and candid pictures taken backstage appear to show the group using a tunnel away from the theatre to their waiting car. Less than a year later they were back for another concert at the ABC on October 29, 1964.
Speaking to The Herald in 2014, Julie Brealy remembered how the band was almost inaudible at the Plymouth concerts: “I saw them at the ABC as it was then. It was an amazing night that I will always remember. “Because of the screaming you could hardly hear the boys and some of the girls were getting really upset because they could not get close enough.”