Rejected photos of Beatles in Belfast released
Wednesday 03 Jun 2015
The Beatles at the King's Hall, Belfast in November 1964
Rare pictures of The Beatles taken at their gig in Belfast's King's Hall in November 1964 have been released for the first time by the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). Take a look at the shots here.
The photos were taken by Canadian student Nick Newbery for Queen's University magazine The Gown but it seems they were rejected by the editor.
Newbery, who admitted that he didn't like The Beatles, was sitting in the front row of at the gig, which was the band's first Irish show since their celebrated performances in Dublin the previous year.
Iain Fleming of PRONI said: “Nick told me, ‘I wasn’t particularly fond of the rock group but they were famous and I had a front row seat’.
“The photographs grabbed my attention because they show the Beatles playing the King’s Hall, and I am sure there are people out there who attended the concert and would love to see the images.
Fleming added: “I am sure taking these pictures with 16,000 screaming, fainting teenagers standing just behind him must have been quite an experience for Nick. The photographs speak for themselves and show the band as Beatlemania gripped the minds of teenagers across the globe."
Copies of the photographs can be viewed in PRONI’s reading room - catalogue reference D4542/2/1/1A-4A and viewed on PRONI's Flickr account.
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