It was one of the most important days in pop history and in case you weren’t there it’s being recreated 60 years on.
When St Peter’s Church in Woolton hosted a fete on the afternoon of July 6, 1957, the decision to have local bands performing for the amusement of the crowds led to a meeting which changed the direction of music in this country.
This was the day when a young Paul McCartney was introduced to a 16-year-old John Lennon , who was there with his group The Quarrymen. To mark the diamond jubilee of the friendship which led to The Beatles being formed just a few years later, the fete is being staged again for a 21st Century crowd.
The Quarrymen - still touring today - have already confirmed for the event. Like in 1957, they will perform on the back of a flatbed truck on a tour of Woolton Village with Doug Chadwick, the man who was behind the wheel on that momentous day when the band sang from a similar vehicle.
Julia Baird, John Lennon’s sister who was also in attendance at the original fete, will judge the children’s fancy dress competition.
As is traditional with summer fetes, the Rose Queen will be crowned and visitors can also tuck in to foods from the barbecue while enjoying traditional stalls, games and crafts. And with it being such a momentous musical anniversary, live acts will be taking to the stage throughout the day.
By: Jamie Mcloughlin
Source: The Liverpool Echo