It was 50 years ago today: The Beatles in New Zealand

The Beatles on the balcony of the Hotel St George, Wellington. Hill, Morris James, 1929-2002 :Negatives of Wellington, and national events and personalities. Ref: 1/4-071852-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23228019
The Beatles on the balcony of the Hotel St George, Wellington. Hill, Morris James, 1929-2002 :Negatives of Wellington, and national events and personalities. Ref: 1/4-071852-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23228019

The Beatles arrived in Wellington on 21 June 1964. They played the Majestic Theatre in Christchurch on 27 June 1964. My Mum went to the Auckland concert, didn’t hear her thing. Her friend Pat did climb the fire escape and get into a Beatle’s room though …

Vicki Anderson’s article Fifty years since Beatles’ Christchurch tour in The Press is a great look at what it was like. Majestic Theatre usher and cashier Elizabeth Renton (then known as Beth Barry) said:

Giggling, Renton recalls a group of girls who were precariously perched on a rail upstairs at the venue.”I stuck a pin into someone’s bottom to move them but they were so busy watching the Beatles that they didn’t feel a thing.”

See the DigitalNZ set The Beatles for more images of the tour.

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