Beatles fans recall ‘ear-splitting noise’ from ‘screaming girls’ during 1963 Northampton gigs

John, Paul, George and Ringo sign autographs at the ABC cinema in Northampton, now the Jesus Centre,  in 1963.

John, Paul, George and Ringo sign autographs at the ABC cinema in Northampton, now the Jesus Centre, in 1963.

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An author’s bid to track down fab-four fans who attended legendary Beatles gigs in Northampton has been “overwhelmed” by the response from readers of the Chronicle & Echo.

Back in December Manchester man Richard Houghton called on the Chron to help him track down gig goers who saw the shows at the ABC Theatre, now the Jesus Army Centre, in March and November 1963.

The Beatles perform at the ABC cinema in Northampton in 1963.

The Beatles perform at the ABC cinema in Northampton in 1963.

He is currently compiling hundreds of anecdotes from across the UK from people lucky enough to have seen the Liverpool quartet play during their heyday.

And Mr Houghton, who is putting together a “people’s history” of the Fab Four, which he plans to publish as a book, said: “I’ve had several readers get in touch with some great memories.”

Among those who contacted Mr Houghton was Pete Spencer, who saw the November 1963 show.

Mr Spencer recalled: “The second performance, when they were top of the bill, was completely drowned out by screaming girls, including my sister.

“The second performance, when they were top of the bill, was completely drowned out by screaming girls, including my sister.”

Beatles fan Pete Spencer

“It was continuous and ear-splitting. I’m sure I never heard a note.”

Di Newberry also remembers the noise made by the audience at one of the two sold out November performances:

“I, along with most of the audience screamed the whole way through it.” She said.

“I was 13 at the time and I remember that I was in a picture on the front of the Chronicle & Echo looking wild.”

Mr Houghton added: “These Beatles memories are a fantastic insight into the past and I’m delighted to have received so many stories.

“I’ve got a publisher interested in the idea of the book and I’m hoping it will be published in 2016.”

Richard is the author of You Had To Be There: The Rolling Stones Live 1962 – 69.

The Beatles appeared twice at the ABC in Northampton.

The first time was on a bill headlined by Tommy Roe and Chris Montez, when they played six songs including Love Me Do and I Saw Her Standing There. When they returned in November, they were top of the bill and performed ten songs including All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You and Twist And Shout.’