HELEN SHAPIRO FRIENDS CLUB

TOURING WITH THE BEATLES AS HER SUPPORT ACT 1963

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Danny Williams, Kenny Lynch, The Kestrels, Red Price Band, The Honeys, Dave Allen, The Beatles, Dave Allen.

A used ticket for a February 2 1963 performance at the Gaumont Cinema Bradford,
the opening night of the Beatles' first national tour. Their repertoire that night
included Keep Your Hands Off My Baby, A Taste of Honey, and Please Please Me.

Jan 27 London Palladium (Helen)

Feb 2 Bradford, Gaumont cinema (Recorded for ATV???)

Feb 5 Doncaster, Gaumont cinema

Feb 6 Bedford, Granada cinema

Feb 7 Wakefield, Regal cinema

Feb 8 Carlisle, ABC cinema

Feb 9 Sunderland, Empire Theatre

Feb 10 Peterborough Embassy
This is a genuine and beloved but battered signed Beatles postcard. My father celeb photographer Clive Arrowsmith (www.clivearrowsmith.com went on to work a lot with Paul McCartney shooting the classic 'Band on The Run' album cover and to photograph George Harrison with Ravi Shankar)  and my mother Lesley Arrowsmith were both at Associated Redefusion Studios  in Holborn in London where my Father was a graphic designer for the popular music programme 'Ready, Steady, Go'. My Father also went to college in Liverpool and knew The Beatles from that time and that is why the card is addressed to Spike and Lesley as that is the nick name that my father had at the time. The card is also signed on the back by Helen Shapiro who appeared on the same show as The Beatles that week. At the time no one would believe that my Dad actually already new The Beatles and he was very gratified when they all arrived and called him 'Spike'

A Beatles postcard signed
by Helen and The Beatles
whilst recording ATV's
'Ready, Steady, Go'
(Beatles' signatures overleaf)

Feb 23 Mansfield, Granada cinema

Feb 24 Coventry, Coventry Theatre

Feb 26 Taunton Gaumont

Feb 27 York Rialto

Feb 28 Shrewsbury, Granada cinema

Mar 1 Southport, Odeon cinema

Mar 2 Sheffield, City Hall

Mar 3 Hanley, Gaumont cinema

Trivia:
The Beatles were a relatively-unknown act when they made their debut at the Sunderland Empire on February 9, and were bottom of the bill.

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