On film: The Beatles and their Sunderland connections

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Fans screamed so loud you couldn't hear the Fab Four

They're back in the news.

The Beatles have a new track out.

But they've rarely been out of the Sunderland Echo headlines because so many of you have fond memories of the Fab Four and their Wearside links.

The Beatles on stage in Sunderland in 1963.The Beatles on stage in Sunderland in 1963.
The Beatles on stage in Sunderland in 1963. | se

Their latest song called Now And Then was made using special technology.

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He helped The Beatles to escape their screaming fans

It gives us a chance to remember what John, Paul, George and Ringo have in connection with Sunderland.

Sunderland detective Bill Ford had a unique claim to fame. He helped The Beatles to escape from hundreds of screaming fans.

Former police officer and childrens entertainer Bill Ford, with his son George.Former police officer and childrens entertainer Bill Ford, with his son George.
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He was the Detective Sgt on duty when The Beatles were playing their third gig inside a year in Sunderland, in 1963.

Vicky had her own Yellow Submarine

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Vicky Forster and her Fab Four memorabilia.Vicky Forster and her Fab Four memorabilia.
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As well as books, videos, records and mementos she had an original Dinky Yellow Submarine, a Beatles plate and a wooden figure of Paul McCartney.

The Beatles were not top of the bill when they first appeared at the Empire in early 1963.

It all got pretty loud

That honour went to 16-year-old Helen Shapiro, who had already had a number one with her song Walkin Back To Happiness.

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