Liverpool celebrates Fab Four with first-ever Beatles Day

The city of Liverpool is celebrating the musical achievements of its most famous sons today with the world’s first ever Beatles Day.


The event has been organised to coincide with the 44th anniversary of the legendary band’s triumphant homecoming after conquering the USA in 1964.


Fans will vote for their favorite Beatles hit, and a string of celebrations will culminate in a special concert at the Liverpool Arena, with tribute bands from across Britain playing cover versions of The Beatles’ biggest hits.


Performers at the tribute concert include the Backbeat Beatles, Gerry Marsden, Billy Butler, Tony Crane and Billy Kinsley from The Merseybeats, and Mike Pender from The Searchers.


People in the city are also being urged to purchase and wear special “mop-top” wigs which cost £5. The profits will go to local charities such as the Alder Hey Imagine Appeal and Liverpool Unites.


There will also be a special fun run and themed parades through locations made famous by The Beatles, including Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields.


Other events include a performance by The Beatelles, an all-girl Beatles tribute band, on the roof of BBC Radio Merseyside.


Promoter Chas Cole, who came up with the idea for the event, said: “Liverpool has always been proud of The Beatles and it’s a wonderful idea to combine an annual celebration of their music with a fund-raising drive for charity.”


Plans for the annual Beatles Day were revealed by Liverpool actor Ricky Tomlinson at a special launch at Alder Hey in April.


On July 10, 1964, The Beatles were greeted by thousands of screaming fans when they landed at Liverpool’s Speke Airport – now John Lennon Airport – after their groundbreaking tour of America.


A crowd of 100,000 people lined the streets of Liverpool that evening as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr made their way to a civic reception for the premiere of A Hard Day’s Night.


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