The day John Lennon met Paul McCartney and The Beatles began

Dipping back into the Far Out Magazine vault we’re revisiting a pivotal moment history. Not only for two young guys from Liverpool named John and Paul, but for Merseyside, for music and for the world. The day is when John Lennon met Paul McCartney.

In the afternoon of that day, The Quarrymen skiffle group played at the quaint garden fete of St Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool. It would be the unlikely setting of one of the most poignant moments in pop culture.

The performance took place on a stage in a field behind the church, because life was simpler back then. In the band were none other than the lead vocalist and guitarist John Lennon, guitarist Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton on drums, banjo player Rod Davies, percussionist Pete Shotton playing the washboard and Len Garry on bass.

The group arrived on the back of a lorry. As well as the music, there were cake stalls, games, police dog demonstrations and the traditional crowning of the Rose Queen.

Julia Bird, Lennon’s sister, wrote in her book Imagine This about the day: “The entertainment began at 2pm with the opening procession, which entailed one or two wonderfully festooned lorries crawling at a snail’s pace through the village on their ceremonious way to the Church field,” she said.

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