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ONE OF THE RAREST TICKETS AND INVITATIONS FOR THE BEATLES IN EXISTENCE! RARER THAN MOST ANY CONCERT TICKET! THIS IS THE OFFICIAL INVITATION AND TICKET FOR THE BEATLES "CIVIC RECEPTION" AT THE LIVERPOOL TOWN HALL JUST PRIOR TO THE PREMIERE OF THE BEATLES CLASSIC MOVIE, "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT" ON JULY 10, 1964! THE BACK OF THE INVITATION IS SIGNED BY NOTED DJ, BOB WOOLER AND ACTOR LIONEL BLAIR SIGNS THE BACK OF BOTH ITEMS!
INCREDIBLY RARE AND HISTORIC ORIGINAL INVITATION AND TICKET FOR THE BEATLES "CIVIC RECEPTION" AT THE TOWN HALL IN LIVERPOOL JUST PRIOR TO THE NORTHERN PREMIERE OF THE BEATLES CLASSIC MOVIE, "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT" ON JULY 10, 1964! EITHER ONE OF THESE ITEMS ARE ULTRA RARE AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE OFFERED EITHER ANYWHERE. THE OFFICIAL INVITATION IS APPROXIMATELY 6" X 5", IT IS OFF WHITE IN COLOR AND FEATURES BLACK PRINT. A RAISED RELIEF "COAT OF ARMS" TYPE SYMBOL IS AT THE TOP CENTER OF THE CARD. THE CARD IS IN VERY NICE VG+++ NEAR MINT- CONDTION WITH SOME LIGHT AGING. THE REVERSE OF THE CARD IS SIGNED BY FAMED CAVERN CLUB DJ, "BOB WOOLER" ALONG WITH ANOTHER AUTOGRAPH BY ACTOR, LIONEL BLAIR (CAMEO APPEARANCE IN "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT"!) ALSO INCLUDED HERE IS THE ACTUAL REQUIRED ADMISSION TICKET TO THE RECEPTION. THIS WAS PROVIDED TO THE INVITEE ONCE HIS POSITIVE RESPONSE WAS RECEIVED. THERE WERE 714 TOTAL INVITEES TO THIS EVENT AND THIS IS TICKET NUMBER 585. IT WAS ISSUED TO "MR & MRS J. CLEAVE". THE REVERSE OF THE TICKET IS ALSO SIGNED BY ATTENDEE, NORMAN ROSSINGTON AND LIONEL BLAIR. (And the other "Mildred" I cannot identify.) ACCORDING THE THE OWNER, THE ORIGINAL RECIPIENT WAS ONE OF RINGO'S MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS. HERE IS THE QUOTE FROM THE OWNER THAT I OBTAINED THESE ITEMS FROM: "Through research I have learned that the ticket is actually addressed to Ringo's maternal grandparents. My ticket was used in the recent book "The Beatles Living in the Eye of the Hurricane" by John Gannon and Kevin Roach." THE SIZE OF THE TICKET IS APPROXIMATELY 5" X 3.5". IT HAS SOME VERY LIGHT AGING AND HANDLING. IT HOLDS A NICE VG+++ TO NM- GRADE. BOTH ITEMS HAVE BEEN NICELY MATTED TO SHOW BOTH SIDES OF EACH ITEM. AS FAR AS I CAN SEE WITHOUT TAKING THE MATTING OFF, IT APPEARS NO ADHESIVES HAVE BEEN USED ONLY PRESSURE TO HOLD THEM IN PLACE. IF THERE IS ANY ADHESIVE AT ALL, IT WILL BE VERY SMALL AND TOUCHING A VERY SMALL AREA AS THE MATTING WINDOWS ARE VERY CLOSE TO THE TICKET SIZE. TRULY GREAT AND HISTORIC ITEMS INDEED ISSUED AT THE WHITE HOT TOP OF WORLDWIDE BEATLEMANIA! (These items will come with my letter of authenticity.)
(Thanks to Mike Fincharie for the following great information on this historic evening in Beatles history.)
The Beatles traveled to Liverpool, from London by plane, during the afternoon, to attend the Northern Premiere of their film 'A Hard Day's Night', arriving in time to give a 5.15pm press conference at the airport in Speke.They were then whisked through the bustling airport, where as many as 30,000 fans had turned up to wish their boys well, and driven to the Town Hall where the Beatles were guests of honour at a Civic Reception where 714 people were invited. The Beatles traveled in a police cavalcade and on there short journey passed as many as 200,000 people (a quarter of the population of Liverpool at that time), who had lined their route to the centre of town. On numerous occasions the screaming fans managed to break the Police cordons, bringing the cavalcade to a stop.
The Beatles were met for the Civic Reception at the town hall by Elizabeth Braddock, MP for the Liverpool Exchange Division in front of 20,000 fans who had turned up at the Town Hall to get a glimpse of their idols. This reception was from 7 to 8pm. After the meal, all the dignitaries went onto the balcony of the Town Hall facing Castle Street, to be met by the fans and the Liverpool City Police Band, who were playing 'Can't Buy Me Love'.
Just before 9pm, and after the Lord Mayor (Alderman Louis Caplan) had presented the Beatles with the 'Keys to the City', the Beatles left the Town Hall and made their way to the Odeon Cinema, to watch the premiere of A Hard Day's Night. Once the film and all the pleasantries had finished, the Beatles were driven back to Speke Airport and then on to London.
As told by Compare, David Jacobs.....
“We traveled from London Airport in a Britannia - one of the smaller airline companies, and sat at the back and it was extraordinary to see how very nervous The Beatles were. They were absolutely terrified. They had practically been around the world feted everywhere, but they were petrified that they wouldn't be bothered with in Liverpool. Liverpool, after all, was their home, and Liverpool has got a lot of stars, but they really thought that no one would bother to turn out to meet them. When we got near the airport (at 5pm), they were eagerly looking out of the windows, and the airport buildings looked like it had a black mass of hands crawling around it. The place was covered, absolutely covered from side-to-side, with thousands and thousands of people everywhere, except the runway, which was kept clear. When we eventually left the plane, the boys were absolutely surrounded by a thong of people and it was a very sweet thing that George Harrison did, when he suddenly stopped and ran back to collect me, so that I could go through with the boys.”
They were eventually met by over 200,000 people (which was one quarter the size of Liverpool!), and were presented with the keys to the city. Jacobs said: “We went on this long nine-mile drive into the centre of town, where they were due to come out on the balcony with the Lord Mayor, where the boys would get the Freedom of the City. I was in the car behind them and the nine-mile drive took a very long time. We drove quite slowly, as every inch of the way, on both sides of the street, the road was crowded with people. The strange thing about sitting in the car behind was that I saw the faces of the people after they had seen The Beatles”
A famous incident took place earlier in the morning, when the city woke to find 30,000 leaflets plastered all over the street, accounting Paul's alleged 'affair' with a waitress. They claimed that the then 18-year-old Anita Cochrane had fathered Paul's love-child whilst staying at Stuart Sutcliffe's flat. The whole story was a complete an utter lie, of course, but NEMS offered her five quid a week to keep her mouth shut. Brian then stepped in to smooth it over, and offered her five grand to drop all claims.
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On May-13-12 at 09:06:28 PDT, seller added the following information:
One small correction: Ringo's grandfather's name was "Gleave". Not "Cleave" as stated above.
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