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50 years since The Beatles took Mold by storm

Published date: 24 January 2013 |
Published by: Jennifer Meierhans
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TODAY marks 50 years since The Beatles took Mold by storm.

But fans remember the once-in-a-lifetime concert like it was Yesterday.

The Fab Four’s only appearance in the town lives on in the memories of the 200 screaming fans who made history that night.

In the town, a proud reminder of the legendary visitors adorns the wall of a pub where the group enjoyed a pre-gig tipple.

Margaret Lysaght was 16 when she witnessed the start of something special at the Assembly Rooms in 1963.

Now 66 and a director of her husband’s IT company, she remembers the Hard Day’s Night vividly.

“The Beatles were on a little raised platform across the corner, not a stage, so you could actually get to them,” said Margaret, of Linden Avenue, Mold.

“We knew they were special. They had already had one hit and the second was going up the charts.

“It was ticketed so lots of people couldn’t get in.

“I think I paid five shillings or seven and six, which is about 30p in today’s money.

“John Lennon said ‘We’ve loved coming. We’d like to come again. You’ve paid us £50 but if we come again it’ll be £500’.

“I danced the night away. They were fantastic and appeared to enjoy themselves.”

But friend Jackie Davies was less than impressed with the Day Trippers.

“I remember the fans’ frenzy around the stage and remember thinking they were a rather scruffy Liverpool group and carried on dancing.

“So much for my judgement,” laughed Mrs Davies, of Liverpool Road in Buckley.

She added: “I think their music has been great for their generation but I wasn’t a big fan. They’ve written some memorable and wonderful music.”

One audience member was so enamoured with the band he took them back to his parent’s pub for a post gig tipple.

Ian Brown, 18 at the time, was at the concert with his 17-year-old sister Moya when the pair invited John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr  back the Talbot Hotel in Holywell.

Ian, 66, who now lives in Connah’s Quay, told the Leader: “I jumped in with Paul McCartney to show him the way.

“I was a really big fan so it was quite daunting.”

He added: “They were very nice chaps. I remember it was winter and they were wearing leather gloves and scarves.

“We were all eating sandwiches and John Lennon was playing a tune on the upright piano.

“I thought it was a bit of a laugh at the time. Now when I see them on television, I tell everyone the story.”

A commemorative plaque marks The Beatles’ legendary visit to Mold.

It was unveiled in the Y Pentan pub in 2005 where the group went to drink before the gig.

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