The Beatles are to be celebrated, even more than usual, in their hometown of Liverpool on the first dedicated ‘Beatles Day’ on July 10 this year.
The day has been set aside for fund-raising activities for the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Imagine Appeal with 20, 000 moptop wigs being made and businesses encouraged to decorate with memorabilia and radio stations set to play more Beatles-related tracks as well as inviting listeners to share their memories on air.
Beatles’ Day will culminate with a special gig at the local Liverpool Arena – ‘Imagine – The Concert’ is part of the Summer Pops series of shows, and hosted by Ricky Tomlinson, will see an array of artists cover the Fabs classic songs.
The city will also see Beatles tribute bands play on rooftops emmulating the band’s iconic 60s gig, a fun run and pub quizzes take place all over Liverpool.
July 10 also marks the 44th anniverasary of The Beatles return to the UK after their first tour of the US.
Coincidentally, for more Beatles’ anecdotes, check out the JUNE 2008 collectors boxed-edition of UNCUT magazine, onsale tomorrow (April 24) for a special ‘You Were There’ feature. Readers have written in their droves about their memories of seeing the Fabs in the early 60, read some of the best stories here.
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