Church celebrates day the Beatles' John and Paul met

Thu 06 Jul 2017
By Tola Mbakwe

Thursday marks a significant day for a church in Liverpool because music history was made in its hall 60 years ago.

On July 6 1957, the Beatles were in the making at St Peter's Church in Woolton. At the church's fete on that day Paul McCartney was introduced to John Lennon and his band at the time, the Quarrymen.

According to the church, the historic meeting was only brief but "in just 20 minutes Paul demonstrated his musical ability, playing rock and roll classics and even showing Quarrymen how to tune their instruments".

Two weeks later McCartney's accepted the group's invitation to join the group. Of the meeting John later famously commented, "That was the day, the day I met Paul that it started moving".

Graham Paisley, the administrator at St Peter's, told Premier the Beatles connection is a big attraction to the church.

He said: "This historically for music was a very important day and it took place in an ordinary church hall.

"We're regularly getting visitors literally from all over the world coming to see the church hall. Often during the week we don't have the man power to cope."

However, this week volunteers rallied together to host big crowds expected to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the meeting.


St Peter's will mark the historic moment stepping back in time to replicate the Fete and the Grand Dance at the Church Hall.

It will be a community collaboration with the church and Bishop Martin School, which is where the church's grounds used to be.

Paisley told Premier: "The remaining three Quarrymen are going to re-enact the anniversary of 60 years ago, they're going to be playing at the garden fete, and it's going to be a typical English garden fete at the school field."

Listen to Graham Paisley, St Peter's Church administrator, speaking to Premier's Tola Mbakwe: 

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