Shrewsbury Beatles Festival 2019 – Review

Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend
Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend

brilliant beatles weekend

The Theatre Severn, where The Beatles films were shown
The Theatre Severn, where The Beatles films were shown

Happy to report that I had a fantastic time at the Shrewsbury Beatles weekend. National Film Award Nominated Director Roger Appleton introduced “Looking for Lennon” on Friday night, and I had the honour of giving a talk about “Liddypool“, “The Fab one hundred and Four” and “Finding the Fourth Beatle“, and debunking a few Beatles myths.

The other Beatles Statues
The other Beatles Statues – on loan

I then introduced one of my all-time favourite Beatles films, “Good Ol’ Freda”, and “Eight Days a Week” later that evening. In between selling some of my books – a big thank you to everyone who bought them – and talking to some fascinating people, I got to meet Cara Spencer, whose father Terry photographed The Beatles many times – as well as chronicling much of the latter 20th Century. She introduced “A Hard Day’s Night”, and told us plenty of funny and fascinating stories about her father.

Mayor Phil and King Tim

Me with Mayor Phil

The brainchild of the weekend was Lord Mayor Phil Gillam who, in his one year term of office, wanted an event he would like to go to, and would support his chosen charity; The Samaritans.

As a huge Beatles fan, he quickly enlisted the help of his very good friend, and fellow Beatles nut Tim King. Between them, they put on an incredible weekend, which everybody thoroughly enjoyed.

Plus, because it was all about raising money for a fantastic charity, it made it even better.

Local Beatles historian Thomas Perring, David Bedford and Tim King
Local Beatles historian Thomas Perring, David and Festival organiser Tim King

The cavern – shrewsbury style!

On Sunday, it was al lover to the Buttermarket, which is a “cavernous” venue, perfect for live music! And what a fantastic atmosphere it was too, with Phil giving us an introduction, before the live Beatles music started. Combined with a bacon buttie, what more could you want?

Shrewsbury's Mathew Street?
Shrewsbury’s Mathew Street? Queueing to get in
Give us a song, Phil?
Give us a song, Phil?
The Backbeat Three singing The Beatles
The Backbeat Three singing The Beatles
Are you sure it isn't The Cavern?
Are you sure it isn’t The Cavern?

i read the new today, oh boy!

The Beatles weekend made the local papers, and rightly so. It was a triumph for everybody involved, but a special thank you once again for the amazing Mayor, Phil Gillam, and Tim King. It was a wonderful weekend, and everyone is asking whether it will be repeated. If it is, then I will be there.

The Beatles weekend in the news
The Beatles weekend in the news

Ever been to Shrewsbury?

As well as meeting so many wonderful people, I was stunned at how beautiful the town is, and intend to return as a tourist. If you get the chance, go and visit this beautiful, historic town.

Get Back to Shrewsbury 2020? I hope so!

Thank you for making me feel so welcome.

And don’t forget The Samaritans – if you need them, they are a fantastic organisation.

David Bedford

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Author: David Bedford

David Bedford grew up in The Dingle, attended the primary school that Ringo Starr did, before moving to Penny Lane, where his three daughters attended Dovedale Primary School, where John Lennon and George Harrison had previously attended.His first book, "Liddypool" was published in 2009, now in its third edition. His second book, "The Fab one hundred and Four" was published in 2013, and his third book, "Finding the Fourth Beatle" was published in 2018. He was also the Associate Producer and Beatles historian for the documentary feature film, "Looking for Lennon".He is working on several other projects at the moment,

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