Saturday, 31 August 2013

New White Feather Auction Now On!

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This year, we are raising money to help people who are dying from lack of clean water and sanitation.
This natural resource that is essential for life is in appallingly short supply. Nearly 5000 people, mainly children, die each day from preventable water-born diseases. Almost 1.2 billion people lack clean water, and this is increasing. We already have projects amounting to almost €700,000 helping 1000’s and 1000’s of people, for which we need your help.
It's a small charity, with a big heart and we try to select the right causes for the right reasons. It doesn't matter which project needs help, where they come from or what they've had in the past, it's about helping make one more thing right.
Yours Sincerely,
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Friday, 30 August 2013

What's New with Paul McCartney?

Paul McCartney has made some New music available.

It's available from here:

Speaking about the New track, Paul said: "We can do what we want, we can live as we choose."

This new track hints at things to come from Paul's forthcoming New album, set for release on October 14th in the UK (October 15th in the US). This will be his first album of brand New solo material in six years.

Paul's New album will include 12 new songs, which he worked on with new collaborators.

Paul’s New song is produced by Mark Ronson.

More new details to follow in the coming weeks.


Sunday, 25 August 2013

Beatle Week - Familiar Faces at the 2013 Beatles Convention

Sam Leach

Joe Flannery

Liverpool historian, Kevin Roach, with
Spencer Leigh

Cavern Club Director Dave Jones
with Freda Kelly

Leslie Woodhead


Len Garry

And last but not least, the BBFC's very own
Ernie Sutton!

Friday, 23 August 2013

Beatles Auction Preview Day

Beatles Auction Preview Day

Today - Friday August 23

10am - 4pm

The BBFC was allowed into LIPA today for a sneak preview of this year's auction!

One of the star lots - the front door from 20 Forthlin Road (from when Paul lived there!)

All the items for sale in this year's Beatles Auction at LIPA (to be held tomorrow, Saturday August 23, starting at 10.30am) are available for public viewing from 10am today! Items to suit all budgets!

For more information, and to download a catalogue, visit

Beatle Week Schedule - Friday August 23

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Art Exhibition: The Story of George - Sunday August 25

Exhibition: Sunday 25 August

The Story of George through original art 
in the Company of his friends The Hare Krishnas 
The Beatles Convention 
Empire Suite 
Adelphi Hotel 

For more information visit the Facebook Page: Iconography Online

or the For George website:

Beatle Week Schedule - The Cavern Wednesday August 21!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Beatleday at the Bluecoat!

Coming to Liverpool for Beatle Week? Don't Forget to Visit Woolton Baths!


below us only water
[ with apologies to John Lennon’s’ Imagine’ and   Liverpool John Lennon Airport ]
For public viewing
Thursday August 22 :  

10am - 3pm
Friday   August 23 : 

10am - 3pm    
also on Heritage Open Days:  12th, 13th and 14th September & 9th November 2013 )


Beatle Week Schedule for the Legendary Hal Bruce!

The Cavern Pub- Wed 21 Aug- 17:00
The Cavern Club Front Stage- Thu 22 Aug- 13:00
Alma De Cuba Patio- Fri 23 Aug- 17:00
The Philharmonic- Fri 23 Aug- 19:30
The American Bar- Fri 23 Aug-23:30
The Philharmonic- Sat 24 Aug- 21:10
The American Bar- Sat 24 Aug-23:30
The Crosby Suite- Sun 25 Aug-11:00
The Cavern Pub- Sun 25 Aug- 13:00
The Cavern Pub Front Stage- Mon 26 Aug- 00:00
The Cavern Pub- Mon 26- 21:00
Cavern Live Lounge- Tue 27- 15:00
Cavern Live Lounge- Tue 27- 20:30

(Thanks to Cavern Photos for this information)

Sunday, 18 August 2013

LIMF - Four Days of Free Live Music at Sefton Park, Liverpool!

Last year saw the end of the outdoor stages for the Mathew Street Festival.  Instead, Liverpool will be hosting the Liverpool International Music Festival which promises to be bigger and better!

Full details of all the events in LIMF can be found at the website:

Friday, 16 August 2013

BUY, BUY ME DO! - News of the Annual Beatle Auction at LIPA (August 24)

World wide Beatlemania is alive and well fifty years after the Fab Four’s formation – and that is official ! Just weeks before the Beatles 22nd Memorabilia auction on Saturday August 24th, Stephen Bailey, Manager of The Beatles Shop in Mathew Street in the heart of Liverpool’s Cavern Club quarter, said, “I just cannot believe it. Every year we feel that the quality and number of items offered for auction must decrease and we are always proved wrong. It is amazing - people just keep coming into the shop month after month with the most unusual things.” At this year’s auction at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts in Mount Street, world wide interest will be focussed on 322 items to go under auctioneer John Crane’s hammer. The auction is timed to coincide with The Beatles Worldwide Convention in Liverpool. “Early inquiries about this year’s auction have attracted interest in America, Japan and all over Europe. There are some very rare items for sale,” said Stephen. They include two previously unseen photographs of The Beatles in the Cavern Club signed on the reverse by Paul, Ringo and George with Paul signing for John. (estimated value £3,250 - £3, 750 each).

Some more of the highlights include: 

Fan Club Night card signed by five Beatles – this promotional card from a special fan club night down in the Cavern Club was signed by all four Beatles at the time including Pete Best and not long afterwards was also signed by Ringo Starr. It is expected to reach between £4750-£5500 in the August auction.


facebook_722694652Jumping ahead to 1967 this set of Beatles autographs was obtained when they were filming the I Am The Walrus sequence for Magical Mystery Tour at RAF West Malling. After they stopped touring it was harder to find all the Beatles in one place therefore full sets of autographs from the latter part of the 60s are rare. This set, which includes a few other Magical Mystery Tour cast members has been valued at £5000-£6000

Extremely early autographs are very popular, but there’s not too many as early as these by John Lennon. These two school text books are from Quarry Bank school in Liverpool and both were signed out by John while he was at the school. The books carry an estimate of £2000-£2750 each.


Another personal item of John Lennon’s that is up for auction this year is his tie. This black knitted piece of neckwear was given to a fan in the Cavern Club in 1962. A letter detailing the circumstances comes with this item. Anyone looking to buy this unusual piece of Beatle memorabilia can expect to pay £1700-£1800 for it.

Tickets to early Beatles shows are extremely collectible. There are so few about because they either played un-ticketed club bookings or tickets were collected at the door and later binned en masse. The ticket below is for a staff dance at Lewis’s Department store in Liverpool. The club listed on the ticket was on the 6th floor of the building. The estimate for this very rare ticket is £2250-£2500

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For the first time, the auction also includes items from St Peter's Church in Woolton, where John and Paul officially met for the very first time! The Church Sign (although from a later date) and is being sold on behalf of the church to raise funds.

Estimate £100-£150

Also from St. Peter's Church, this wooden block is from the floor of the Church Hall and dates back to the fifties so it is from where and when that fateful meeting took place. Again it is being sold to raise funds for the Church and gives a lucky buyer the opportunity to own a small piece of Beatles history. 

Estimate £50-£75

Both items will be accompanied by a letter from St Peter's Church. 

Other items in the auction include:

  • Rare BeatlesJunior guitar by Mastro complete with original packaging US c1964 (£2,500 - £2,750).
  • Airport embarkation card from 1964 signed on the reverse by all four Beatles. With COA from Tracks (£2,000 - £2,225).
  • Peter Kaye photograph of the Beatles at the Liverpool Building in Liverpool signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. (£2,000 - £2,500).
  • Please Please Me signed single. John, Paul and Ringo on one side, George on the other. All signatures are faint (£3,800 - £4,250).
  • A Cavern Brick (£200-£260) and piece of the original Cavern Stage (£1800-£2000)
  • Front door of 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool, the former home of the McCartney Family. They lived there from around 1955 to 1964. Measures 80”x32”. Several early Beatles songs would have been written behind this door. Comes with a letter from Sheila Jones who occupied the house after the McCartneys moved out and had the door replaced in the late 70’s. (Estimate – contact Stephen, Beatles Auction).

Auction Details:

The 2013 Liverpool Beatles Auction will be held at The Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.
See here for location details.

The auction will be held on Saturday 24th August, from 10am.

Entry is by catalogue. These will be available in advance from the The Beatles Shop on Mathew Street or on the door on the day (and the viewing day)

A viewing day for the items for sale in the auction will be held on Friday 23th August from 11am to 4pm at The Paul McCartney Auditorium.  Entry to this is free.

Please note, there will be no time to view any of the items on the morning of the auction.
Auction Catalogue:

The 2013 Liverpool Beatles Auction catalogue is available later from the Beatles Shop, 31 Mathew Street.
Catalogues are free, but we do have to charge for postage and packaging where applicable.
Here's how to get a copy: 
- if you're local, pop in and pick one up. 
- if you're in the UK, write your name and address on an A5 sized envelope with a large letter stamp on it and pop it in another envelope addressed to Auction Catalogue, The Beatles Shop, 31 Mathew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE.  Please note if you affix the wrong kind of stamp you may be charged extra postage when the catalogue arrives with you.
- if you're overseas, email us at for details of how to pay the postage fees for us to send the catalogue to you. Put Catalogue Request in the subject line.
- if you are coming to Liverpool for Beatle Week someone should be in the lounge or foyer of the Adelphi handing out catalogues on the Friday of the viewing day and the Saturday morning before the auction.
- Catalogues will also be available at the auction venue on the viewing day and the day of the auction.

The catalogue is also available to download by clicking this link.
Full details of the auction can be found at the Auction website:

Beatle Week Celebrations on Penny Lane!

Penny Lane Development Trust
70 Penny Lane

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Rare Chance to Visit Woolton Baths During Beatle Week 2013!

Open to the public for viewing

Thursday August 22 from 10am to 3pm

Friday August 23 from 10 to 3pm

Don't miss this rare and exciting opportunity to visit a place that was a special part of the childhoods of both John and Paul!

The BBFC is delighted to support the efforts to save and re-open Woolton Swimming Pool, the historic Victorian baths where both John and Paul loved to go swimming as children.

In July we covered the 120th Birthday Celebrations for the pool (click here to read that story) and felt privileged to be invited inside the building on one of the rare occasions that visitors were allowed inside.

We are therefore even more delighted to announce that visitors to Liverpool for this year's Beatle Week will also have the opportunity to visit Woolton Swimming Pool!

Especially for Beatle Week, Woolton Baths will be opening for Beatles fans (and all members of the public!) for viewing on 22nd and 23rd August from 10am to 3pm each day.

Entry is free, but donations to the campaign to save this historic pool will be very much appreciated.  There will also be memorabilia and souvenirs available to buy.

Visitors can see a selection of the congratulatory 120th birthday cards donated by schools / local individuals, Woolton Swimming Club history, and view the pool as well as the rear courtyard where the former fire station was located.

St Peter's Church Hall Open for Beatle Week!

St Peter's Church Hall will be open to visitors on Thursday August 22 and Friday August 23!

Come and say hello, and stand on the spot where John met Paul!

Opening Times:

Thursday August 22: 
10am - 5pm

Friday August 23:
11am - 5pm

Some of the unique souvenirs that will be on sale at the Church Hall.  Prices range from 50p to £10.00.  Stocks of the t-shirt are extremely LIMITED! First come; first served!

Last year, we were treated to an impromptu concert from the fabulous Johnny and the Moondogs.  We've heard that they might be planning a return visit on Friday and, if we're lucky, perhaps they'll bring their guitars again!