Rare poster for early Beatles gig in Harrogate to be sold at auction

A rare poster for a concert starring ‘The Sensational Beatles’ at the Royal Hall, Harrogate is to be auctioned in Leyburn, North Yorkshire on 21st July.

The Fab Four performed in Harrogate on 8th March 1963, just as their career was taking off. Event promoter Derek Arnold had booked the band in December 1962, when they were yet to become a household name; their second single, Please Please Me, wasn’t released until January 1963. Their first album, also called Please Please Me, was yet to be released and full blown Beatlemania was still some months away.

The Beatles are perhaps the most famous group to have performed at the town’s Royal Hall – and were supported by local bands Barr Corbett and his Mustangs, along with The Chinchillas and The Apaches.

Specialist Kegan Harrison says of the poster: “It is rare to find any Beatles concert posters, let alone one in this fine condition, as their touring career was very short with less than 1,000 concerts in total - many of which pre-dated their debut LP”.

With an estimate of £800-1,200, the poster is expected to draw interest from both fans of The Beatles and from those wanting to own a piece of Harrogate’s cultural history.

A fully illustrated catalogue for the Toys, Models & Collectables Sale will be available on our website, www.tennants.co.uk leading up to the sale, alternatively, please contact the salerooms for further details.