We loved all your memories of the Beatles in Sunderland - yeah yeah yeah!

The Fab Four were a huge hit when we asked for your memories of their performances in Sunderland.

Wednesday, 5th January 2022, 3:18 pm

It was back in 1963 when John, Paul, George and Ringo were photographed as they prepared for a show at the Empire.

And when we shared the photo with followers of the Wearside Echoes page on Facebook, it got a huge response.

The picture reached more than 16,000 people and dozens of you shared your memories of watching the band on stage. They also told us that The Beatles had made more than one appearance in Sunderland that year.

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Memories of The Beatles in Sunderland.

So, with a little help from our Wearside Echoes friends, let’s re-live the memories.

Lesley Cope said: “They were there in the February as a supporting act with Helen Shapiro as they were not that well established and then they appeared on The Rink ballroom in Park Lane, before this particular appearance which was in November of the same year....I was lucky enough to be at all three appearances.”

Lesley added: “at the front you could almost touch them...I remember they had quite a lot of stage make up on.”

Gordon Donkin saw The Beatles on their first appearance at The Empire and said they were down the bill on a show which had Helen Shapiro, Kenny Lynch and Danny Williams on it.

The Beatles at the Sunderland Empire in 1963.

He added: “My girlfriend was at their second appearance when they were huge but said she never heard anything for the screaming.”

Many people remember Dave Allen being the compere.

Angela Horsley said: “Seen them at the Rink, absolutely packed to the rafters but fabulous. Happy days.”

George Forster said: “Probably the greatest Christmas present I ever got, was to go to the Beatles show in 1963.”

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Janet Stevenson reflected: “I saw them there . Present for my 9th birthday. Upstairs with my Mam and Dad in front balcony row.”

Later, Janet added: “It was the Helen Shapiro show I saw them in, no screaming I can remember but I do remember them vividly. I thought they were Fab.”

George David Jenner commented: “I saw them at The Empire on the Helen Shapiro bill. She also was great, as was Kenny Lynch. A lifetime ago, my goodness!”

The story was liked by more than 150 people on social media including Harry Hawxby, Lauren Anderson, Jackie Weston, Jane Bulmer, Steph Harwood, Maria Blake, June Tipling, Linda Bailey and Jane Handley. We thank every one of them.

The Empire Theatre in the 1960s.

Others to like the post included Barry Wilson, Marcelo Pachêco Baterista, Lavinia Waller, Colin Thompson, Emma Gordon, Jeff Jameson and Larry Purvis.

Wearside Echoes is the specialist nostalgia page run by the Sunderland Echo on Facebook and it spotlights Sunderland and County Durham photos, memories and stories linked to the past.

We would love to hear from more people who would like to join and share in the trip down Memory Lane.

They would be added to a growing membership which currently stands at almost 6,700 people

To join Wearside Echoes, get in touch at https://www.facebook.com/groups/wearsideechoes

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Memories of The Beatles in Sunderland.
Helen Shapiro in Sunderland. She appeared on the same bill as The Beatles in the 1960s.