Live: Odeon Cinema, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Torsdagen i denna vecka blev den femte kvällen på The Beatles UK-turné med Roy Orbison. Denna kväll uppträdde de på The Odeon Cinema på Angel Row i Nottingham.
Detta var första gången som The Beatles uppträdde på the Odeon i Nottingham. De återkom vid två senare tillfällen – den 12 december 1963 och den 5 november 1964.
Polisofficeren Peter Gibson från Nottingham City Police Force hade tilldelats rollen som vakt utanför The Beatles omklädningsrum. Peter gick i pension 1990 efter 35 år vid poliskåren. Han minns dagen då The Beatles var på besök den 23 maj 1963 så här:
Many of my colleagues were on the street holding back the crowd, but I got the job of being on their door. The band passed by me every now and then while they were walking the corridors. They were very talkative young guys.The crowd was getting hysterical, especially the young girls. The noise was extremely loud.
Peter har också berättat var bandet gick direkt efter föreställningen:
The lads came for a couple of drinks in the police bar at my station on Shakespeare Street. In those days all police stations had private bars. Those lads must have been totally exhausted after everything they had just gone through. They sat in the corner in comfy chairs while they relaxed, had a drink and a smoke. They just chatted amongst themselves basically. They were as good as gold.
Ett beatlesfan berättar nedan om att allt inte var det allra bästa uppförandet från beatlarna, framför allt verkade det som om John Lennon gjorde bort sig ordentligt – vilket slutade i tårar för flera fans.
As for the Beatles at the Odeon. I saw them when they were ostensibly supporting the Big O but of course they were huge by the time the concert came on. It was a great night that ended in tears.
At the beginning of the night many of us handed in autograph books and albums at the box office hoping for autographs. This was customary! At the end of the show hundreds of us crowded round the back of the Odeon shouting for them to show themselves. You can imagine the screams when they all came out through a door on top of the fire escape and waved. Then the bad thing happened.
John put a huge pile of books and albums onto the railing and then threw them down to us. All the precious albums were torn to pieces by the crowd and many girls were distraught at losing their books, some of them with many autographs. The fab four thought it was very funny and went back inside laughing, leaving scenes of mayhem below. I`ve been a bit ambivalent about them since.