JOHN Lennon would have been 80 today and to mark this occasion we've dipped into our archive to share with you photos and memories of when The Beatles came to Worcester.

The Beatles played in Worcester twice, both in 1963: on May 28 and September 4.

When they first played the city, they were four, fresh-faced young musicians from Liverpool – international stardom was still to come.

The May setlist comprised seven songs: Some Other Guy (a cover of a Richard Barrett song),

Do You Want to Know a Secret, Love Me Do, From Me to You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There, and Twist and Shout.

Worcester News:

The September concert, according to The Beatles Bible website, was the first of four consecutive concerts promoted by John Smith. Brian Epstein granted them as a result of the cancellation of several Mersey Beat Showcase nights earlier in 1963. The Beatles earned £250 for each of the concerts.

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Mike Pryce, who covered the concert at the time for the Worcester Evening News, said: “You knew what they were playing, but you couldn’t hear it because of the hysterical screaming.

"It was like trying to listen to Please Please Me on your Dansette by the main runway of Heathrow as a 747 takes off.

"Brilliant occasion it certainly was; concert it wasn’t.

"And I wouldn’t have liked to clean up afterwards!

"Never to be forgotten though and one for your bucket list I Was There.”

When we recalled the May gig in 2006, we wrote that memories had come flooding back to Angie Pulford, who made a note of the special date in her diary.

The diary extract after the concert at the Gaumont in Foregate Street on Tuesday, May 28, read: "They were absolutely fab. I reckon George is really wonderful."

The 61-year-old retired teacher, of Leigh, near Malvern, said: "They were on a tour with Roy Orbison and I remember Gerry and the Pacemakers were the last act before the interval.

"The place was deathly quiet while he sang You'll Never Walk Alone. It was the first time I'd heard it. Then the place erupted. There was so much noise when the Beatles came on that you could hardly hear them.

"I had never experienced such excitement and screaming before. The programme is rather dog-eared now and the autograph rather worn, but at the time I didn't realise what a great part they were to play in British musical history."

Christine Downes saw the Beatles along with her sister, Linda Penney, aged 56, of Drake Avenue, Dines Green, Worcester. "I was 13 and my sister would have been 14," said the 55-year-old, of Bromwich Road, St John's, Worcester.

"I can remember it ever so clearly in my mind. It was absolutely fabulous.

"I am still a fan to this day."