Beatles Stage – Help Needed!

Help needed

Museum staff reconstructing the iconic church hall stage where John Lennon met Paul McCartney in 1957 want help from people who remember its original appearance.

The stage from St Peter’s Church Hall, Woolton, Liverpool, will be a major attraction in the new Museum of Liverpool opening in 2010. It was acquired by National Museums Liverpool, with the help of Liverpool City Council, when the church hall was renovated.

Before the stage can be displayed, conservators need to return it to its original appearance on the day of the church’s annual garden fete, Saturday 6 July 1957, when the historic meeting took place. There is very little evidence about what it looked like when The Quarrymen skiffle group – the first incarnation of The Beatles – performed on the stage.

Paul McCartney was among spectators attending the event. A mutual friend introduced him to John Lennon and Paul demonstrated his singing and guitar skills. The Quarrymen were so impressed that they later invited Paul to join the group. As John later famously commented: “That was the day, the day I met Paul, that it started moving.