St. Peter's Church in Liverpool, the site of the day that John Lennon first met Paul McCartney on July 6, 1957, will hold special events during International Beatles Week from Aug. 21 through 25, our Liverpool correspondent Donna Jackson said Aug. 17. Among the events, visitors will be able to stand in the spot where Lennon and McCartney were first introduced.
The meeting between future Beatles Lennon and McCartney took place at the annual Woolton Parish Church Garden Fete, which featured a performance by Lennon and his then-current group, the Quarrymen. Lennon invited Paul McCartney to join the Quarry Men a couple of weeks later.
The church is also the site of the graves for a real-life Eleanor Rigby who was born in Liverpool in the 19th century. Paul McCartney has stated that while the song wasn't the story of the real Rigby, he belives his seeing the gravesite in his youth may have been the reason for using her name on the song. According to Beatles researchers, the real Rigby was born in 1895 and died in 1939 at age 44. A grave for John Lennon's Uncle George is also at St. Peter's Church.
The church will hold a special exhibition of photographs by Bill Zygmant, who photographed the Beatles plus others, including the Bee Gees, Marc Bolan and Jimi Hendrix. Admission to the church and hall will be free, but there will be unique souvenirs on sale that will only available from the church. These items are sold as part of the church’s fund-raising efforts, and proceeds are used to maintain the Hall and ensure that it can continue to welcome visitors from around the world.
In addition, crafts from Zip It Liverpool! will be on display, and will be available to order. The hand-made crafts include the beautifully made IlluminARTY range of personalised lighting, decoupage masks, and fabric items, all with a Beatles theme.
The Hall will be open as follows 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 22 and 23 and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25. For up-to-date information, visit the church's Facebook events page.