Famous scene of Beatles on Liverpool town hall balcony re-enacted for homecoming anniversary
By Alan Weston
Jul 11, 2014
The famous scene of The Beatles standing on the balcony of Liverpool town hall was re-enacted on the 50th anniversary of their triumphant homecoming.
The Fab Four returned to Liverpool on July 10, 1964, for a civic reception and for the northern premiere of their first feature film, A Hard Day’s Night.
With Beatlemania at its height, the band were greeted by 200,000 fans as they made their way from the old Speke airport, while outside Liverpool town hall another 20,000 fans gathered.
1964 Premiere of the Beatles film A Hard Days Night in Liverpool. The Beatles are pictured on the balcony of the town hall with Alderman Louis Caplan and Lady Mayoress Mrs Fanny Bodeker
Guides from Beatles Fab Four Taxi Tours re-enacted the scene today - although to a less tumultuous reception than the amazing scenes which greeted John, Paul, George, and Ringo 50 years ago yesterday.
One of the guides, Ian Doyle, said: “We wanted to celebrate these four Liverpool lads who changed the world.
Helping mark the 50th anniversary of Hard Day's Night, the Cavern Club Beatles recreated the famous balcony scene from Liverpool's Town Hall
“The Beatles were worried about their reception when they came back to Liverpool because they thought their fans wouldn’t forgive them for moving to London, but thousands of people turned out to see them.”
A black tie event took place at the town hall last night to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ homecoming, followed by a concert headlined by tribute band, the Cavern Club Beatles. All proceeds from the evening will go to the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal.