by Adam Aiken
A celebration to mark 60 years since Beatlemania exploded in the UK is being held in Norfolk, with an exhibition and a number of events looking back at those heady days.
It’s all being held at Diss Corn Hall, with the The Beatles On Film exhibition (free entry) running from Wednesday, March 29, until Saturday, May 6, during box-office hours. It will explore the cultural impact that the Fab Four had in East Anglia through their use of film.
The organisers are looking for input from visitors, too, so get in touch with The Corn Hall if you have a story to tell about your memories of seeing A Hard Day’s Night or Help back in the day.
The opening evening will feature Guy Martin of Reel Connections introducing the exhibition before a screening of A Hard Day’s Night (£5/£2.50).
There will be Start With Art! events for children up to the age of 11 on Tuesday, April 4, taking youngsters through the art that played such a part in The Beatles’ music and films (£6.50).
On Wednesday, April 19, there’ll be a screening of Ron Howard’s Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years (£5/£2.50).
And Craig Brown, the author of One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time, will present a collection of film and TV clips about the band as well as talking about his book at an event on Friday, April 21 (£8/£5).
The Upbeat Beatles will perform on Saturday, April 22, in a show that will relive the work of the Beatles from the early Cavern Club days until the Abbey Road era, including narrative and multi-media presentation.
Corn Hall chief executive Stuart Hobday said: “It’s 60 years since The Beatles and Beatlemania exploded throughout the UK, and the knock-on effect they had on our music culture is still being felt to this day.
“We wanted to celebrate that fact and to hear the memories from local people who were caught up in all the excitement and remember what it was like.
“The Beatles still seem to hold a fascination for people all around the world and to prove the fact, we even have a group coming to see the exhibition and the screening of Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years all the way from Slovenia!”
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