The Beatles in Jersey, 1963

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The Beatles in Jersey

The Beatles had not long returned from their first tour of the United States when they visited the Channel Islands in August 1963 for a series of five concerts.

The Beatles in August 1963 shortly before their visit to Jersey

Sell-out concerts

The first two were on 6 and 7 August, followed by a visit to Guernsey for a single concert, and two more in Jersey on 9 and 10 August.

In Jersey the Fab Four appeared at the Springfield Stadium ballroom to sell-out crowds. They received £1,000 for the four concerts, which were staged by local promoter Les de la Mare, who had signed a contract with Beatles manager Brian Epstein on 30 March 1963.

The group had only days before appeared for the last time at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool.

They spent their first day in Jersey go-karting and relaxing by the pool of their St Saviour Hotel, before their first concert. After their first two concerts the Beatles flew to Guernsey for a concert at Candie Gardens, before returning for two more concerts at Springfield.

Film discovery

In 2004 rare colour film of the group came to light. It was taken by the Beatles themselves on a shared cine camera at their hotel poolside and at Jersey Airport.

Regular concerts

This was a time when there was an enormous following in Jersey for the new wave of pop idols and during August and September 1963 Springfield staged concerts by Sounds Incorporated, Gene Vincent and the Outlaws, the Checkmates, the Baron Knights and Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas.

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