The day The Beatles came to Walthamstow

One of the most significant moments in Walthamstow history was over in a flash for one young fan as she recalls the day The Beatles came to town.

The Beatles, a mop-topped four piece from Liverpool, were still on their way to global stardom when they visited the Granada cinema in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, on May 24, 1963.

The Granada, which could hold almost 3,000 people, had played host to many leading acts of the time including John Coltrane, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly but the excitement was palpable for the arrival of John, Paul, Ringo and George.

Tickets were seven shillings and six pence and had 4,000 fans, some queuing for over two days, held back across the road by police as the cinema continued to show films.

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