The Beatles in Jersey, 1963
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 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.
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.
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.
The photo mount on the left below, signed on the back by the four Beatles on their journey back to the UK after the Channel Island concerts, went on sale in January 2019. The autographs were written on a Happy Snaps photo folder back from the Tartan Bar. It comes with considerable 'provenance', as they say in the auction world. The signatures were offered for sale with a letter from the nephew of the original recipient. It reads: "My Aunt, Lynda Dellany acquired this set of Beatles autographs in 1963. She had travelled to the Island of Jersey with her mother, Mary, to have a holiday with her father Bill, who was working on the island. Bill was working for the engineering company Merrlees, who were installing equipment in a new power station. There were a few concert/musicians on Jersey at the time, there was a bit of discussion and the family decided that the Beatles were most likely “a flash in the pan” so they went to see Engelbert Humperdinck instead! On the aeroplane flight back it was noticed that The Beatles were on the plane. My Aunt and her mother decided to get their autographs. The only piece of paper available was the small photograph holder that contained a souvenir snap from their holiday, so the photo was removed and the card now holds the autographs of all four Beatles."
How much for a set of autographs of the fab four on the way back from Jersey? The shipping cost from Chorley, Lancashire, to anywhere in the world was 46 US dollars. That presumably included a fair sum for insurance, because the autographs themselves were on sale for 7,967.55 dollars. Not bad when you read above what the Beatles were paid by the Jersey promoter of the concerts
The set of autographs on the right was offered for auction in 2019