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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : June 25, 1964 (Thursday)

Town Hall, Queen St. Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Four shows over two nights, seen by a total of 10,000 people.

The Beatles attended a civic reception held by Auckland’s mayor Dove-Myer Robinson at the Town Hall, prior to their performances there in the evening.

Mayor Robinson held the event in the face of opposition from a number of city council members. More enthusiastic, though, were the 7,000 fans who gathered outside the Town Hall to see the group rub noses with three Maori girls in native dress.

It was one of the quickest and most pleasant receptions we’ve ever been to. We went out onto a balcony and waved to the crowd, and some Maoris danced for us, and away we went.

The Lord Mayor was very nice and said, ‘I wouldn’t have blamed you if you hadn’t come, with all the fuss they’ve been making round here about how much it’s costing.’

John Lennon, 1964
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As on the previous night, The Beatles performed two shows at the Town Hall, each of which was seen by 2,500 fans.

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