You may not believe it but it’s true!
On 15 February 1963 The Beatles appeared at the Ritz Ballroom on York Road (now Cash Converters) – one of 4 venues run in the 1960′s by legendary Irish couple Ma and Pa Regan shortly after releasing their second single “Please Please Me”.
Originally scheduled to appear on 11 January, they were prevented by blizzard like conditions from making the 11 mile journey to Kings Heath from one of the Regans other venues – the Plaza in Old Hill.
Beatlemania was now really taking off and the Beatles were only able to enter and leave the Ritz by climbing over the rear fence in Milford Place.
“Tell them to turn that racket down” is what Pa Regan is rumoured to have shouted while they were practising! But he was a very happy man really. He had persuaded Brian Epstein to agree to them performing for their previously agreed fee even though they were now No. 1 in the charts!
After their performance, Paul McCartney and George Harrison wrote a personal message to one of their fans in her autograph book, “To Janet, love from the Beatles”, signed their names and followed this with three kisses. 43 years later these autographs were auctioned at Christie’s in London.
Come along and help celebrate this key event in Kings Heath’s musical heritage:
The Beatles in Kings Heath
50th Anniversary Celebration of their Ritz Ballroom Concert
Friday 15 February 2013 from 12.30 to 4.30 p.m.
@ Fletchers, 7 York Road, Kings Heath, B14 7SA
Top musicians and DJ’s play their Beatles favourite songs
Tickets £2.50 on the door or in advance from Kitchen Garden Cafe