Although the first big anniversary celebration didn’t take place at St Peter’s until 1997, we were thrilled when a member of the current congregation gave us some old parish magazines that she’d found. Among them was one from July 1987, which included a small piece commemorating the 30th anniversary of the day that John met Paul and discussing the impact that that meeting was having on Woolton village as well as on the world.
One of the wonderful things about preparing to celebrate the 60th anniversary is the constant discovery of little snippets like these of the Church’s past that only confirm how important St Peter’s Church is in the story and legacy of the Beatles!
There are occasions when the words “thank you” will never be enough to express the full extent of a person’s gratitude. Today, for all of us at St Peter’s Church, is one of those days, as we attempt to express our thanks to the Hard Day’s Night Hotel.
As we were planning the events for Sunday July 9, we realised that there might be a slight problem for those people who wished to attend the whole day. With the Church service beginning at 10.30am, and the party not finishing until at least 4pm, we knew that everyone would be faced with the choice of either going hungry or missing out on some of the fun while they went in search of their Sunday dinner! However, the only way that the Church could provide refreshments would also involve charging an entry fee — and that’s the last thing that we want to do!
The Lennon Suite, Hard Day’s Night Hotel
Well, thanks to the wonderful people at the Hard Day’s Night hotel, our dilemma may have been at least partially resolved! Through the exceedingly generous support of the hotel, we will be able to offer snacks to all our visitors that day completely free of charge!
We, at St Peter’s Church are so very grateful for this wonderful gesture of support, and not only because it makes it possible for us to continue to welcome visitors to share in the celebrations without having to charge an entrance fee. It also represents and reflects the hotel’s belief in the importance of St Peter’s Church in the history and the legacy of the Beatles, and that means the world to us.
thank you from all at st peter’s to the hard day’s night hotel!
“With a little help from our friends … ” Thank you, Hard Day’s Night Hotel!
Some more wonderful memories from the collection of James Davis of St Peter’s Church Fete!
Remember that the PTA of Bishop Martin School, in conjunction with the Cavern Club, will be recreating the fete of 1957 on July 6, 2017 as part of the celebrations of the day that John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met! More details of that are available HERE
Only four photographs in this collection (dated 1955 by Rod Davis, and used with his very kind permission) – but doesn’t the Scout zipwire look fab?!
We have to confess that some of our most favourite photos from James Davis’ wonderful collection that shows Woolton in the 1950s are in this batch! One of them contains James’ shadow, which we think is really beautiful.
The procession featured in this collection took place in the winter (see the lack of leaves on the trees). We thought it might be for Remembrance Sunday, but we can’t see if the people watching are wearing poppies.
See if you can spot the “beatle” (but remember that we can’t always spell things correctly … )
Thank you James! Your shadow will always touch our lives.
Thanks again to Rod Davis for allowing us to share these wonderful photos with you!
With a theme of ‘past, present and future’ for the final day of our anniversary celebrations, as well as our emphasis on the importance of community, there can be no-one better to take us back into the past and to the day that it all began than the Woolton-based group, Rob Clarke and the Wooltones!
Forgoing their trademark ‘60s psych Mersey style pop, Rob and the band will don checked shirts to play a full one-hour skiffle set that will feature many of the songs John and The Quarrymen played back in 1957. In doing so, they will truly take us back to that moment with another local lad and his mates played skiffle here at St Peter’s Church before heading out to change the world!
Rob and the Wooltones will feature in the grande finale of the anniversary celebrations, taking place in St Peter’s Church Hall from approximately 1pm to 4pm (a more detailed schedule will be available nearer the time, so watch this space). Admission is free and refreshments will provided, so please join us for what promises to be an unforgettable and fabulous event!
We were absolutely delighted when Rob and the band, the appropriately named Wooltones, agreed to take part of the anniversary celebrations, and we cannot thank them enough. As well as playing down the Cavern for the past three years as part of the IPO Festival, Rob also recorded in Nashville with Neil Young producer Elliot Mazer last year and his music features regularly here on the BBC and on USA radio.
Rob and the Wooltones have attracted attention worldwide and their current Album ‘Are You Wooltoned?’ was New Jersey label Kool Kat Musik’s 2016 best seller and featured in various 2016 best release lists all over the planet including Goldmine Magazine.
To understand why we’re so delighted with this news, check out the video of their recent track, “Brown Paper Bag,” and some of their many great reviews!
‘Rob Clarke And The Wooltones are from Woolton (Get It?), a suburb of Liverpool. Pure Merseybeat… It’s brilliant to note that the spirit of Scouse Pop isn’t dead and this compilation is certainly one of the better releases that I’ve heard this year’ – I Don’t Hear a Single Blog
‘A moment of pop majesty that has all the feel of the golden age of Liverpool’s dominance over the pop world but firmly sits in its 21st Century renaissance’ – Liverpool Sound and Vision
‘Rob Clarke and the Wooltones are the real deal, or as close as you possibly can get to it at this point’ – Audio Ammunition
For more on the band, including how Rob first met and was impressed by the Wooltones after both acts were on the same bill for a successful concert to help save the landmark local cinema when Rob played a folk song he had written specifically, called ‘Save Woolton Cinema’, check out the band’s website!
As part of this year’s anniversary celebrations, the PTA of Bishop Martin School in conjunction with the Cavern Club will be recreating the fete from 1957. Further details of what promises to be an amazing and unforgettable event are available HERE
To whet your appetite, Rod Davis of the Quarrymen has very kindly allowed us to share some of the photos that his dad took of the Church Fete in days gone by! One of the really interesting thing about these photos is the way that a theme for the 1953 fete was the Queen’s coronation, which had taken place on June 2.
Watch this space for more photos of Woolton in the 1950s from James Davis’ collection!
We are indebted to Rod Davis of The Quarrymen for allowing us to share these photos with you. They are all taken by Rod’s dad, James Davis, in the 1950s and early 1960s and give us a glimpse into life in Woolton village at that time.
Watch this space for more photos from Rod’s collection still to come!
All the photos have been used with Rod’s kind permission.
We are delighted that the Cavern Club will be working in partnership with St Peter’s Church and Bishop Martin School to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul on July 6, 1957, at our Church fete. The involvement of the Cavern in our anniversary celebrations on July 6 2017 reflects the importance of St Peter’s Church in the history and heritage of the Beatles, and we are thrilled that they are able to share our special day.
In addition to all the fabulous events included in the Cavern announcement, the Church Hall will be open on July 6 from 10am to 3pm, with free admission, live music and refreshments.
A splendid time is guaranteed for all!
Announcement from Cavern City Tours/the Cavern Club
On 6 July 1957, 60 years ago this summer, John Lennon and his band The Quarrymen followed a marching band through the streets of Woolton to play at the annual St. Peter’s Garden Fete. That afternoon he met Paul McCartney and together they went on to change the face of music forever. This year, on 6 July 2017, 60 years to the day, we will be celebrating the anniversary of The Quarrymen’s performance at the Fete, and the day John met Paul. We will step back in time to replicate the Fete and the Grand Dance at the Church Hall. This will be a community collaboration with the Church and Bishop Martin School where the original Fete took place. All the elements of a typically English garden fete will be celebrated, including the children’s fancy dress party, the Crowning of the Rose Queen and the procession of The Quarrymen on a flat back lorry through the village. Amongst the many attractions will be games, cake sales, refreshments, and much more and, of course, dancing to the music of The Quarrymen and other artists.
10 years into the future, the 1967 Summer of Love, another marching band was born. 2017 also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It’s safe to say that The Beatles may not have happened if it had not been for the 6 July 1957 – the Day John Met Paul.
Please bring your friends along and help us celebrate this historic day, and dress in 1950s style if you want to, be as authentic as you dare! Entry to the event will be by purchase of a programme on the day. You can just walk up and pay; no ticketing in advance is required. Tickets for the Grand Dance in the evening will go on sale, online, sometime in early June, so watch this space. It will be a fabulous day for everyone with Satisfaction is guaranteed!!!
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