The hidden history of The Beatles in North Wales

The Beatles had a little-known connection to a North Wales village it has emerged.

While many fans will have visited famous Beatles haunts such as Abbey Road and the Cavern Club and had their photos taken with statues of the Fab Four at the Pier Head in Liverpool – you might not be aware of the time they spent in Gwynedd.

Back in 1958, George Harrison and Paul McCartney were in Harlech jamming with “The Vikings” at the Queens hotel.

Brian Epstein and his family holidayed in Portmeirion in the early sixties, staying regularly throughout the year.

Sir George Martin came to stay in Portmeirion with Brian Epstein in 1966

He returned several times with individual members of the band and became closely acquainted with Clough Williams-Ellis – the man who created the Italianate village.

Epstein, who managed The Beatles from 1962 until his death in 1967, once even commissioned a renovation of his room at the Gate House cottage following a complaint that there was not enough room for his clothes.

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