I’ve just heard of the passing of Jim Hughes. Jim and his wife Liz started Cavern Mecca, who pioneered Beatles fandom in Liverpool, at a time when Liverpool council didn’t want to know. Cavern Mecca was a Beatles information centre, as well as coffee bar and merchandise seller. They also produced a great Beatles fanzine. Sound familiar? The London Beatles Fanclub magazine and Beatles Coffee Shop were both very much based on Cavern Mecca. They also put on the first Beatles conventions at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. Their work was not unnoticed by people in high places, and Paul McCartney invited Jim and Liz to London to meet him to receive special recognition of their efforts.
You will be much missed Jim.