Liverpool Productions announced Sept. 10 that reservations are now being accepted for the 31st annual Magical History Tour to Liverpool and London Aug. 17-24, 2014, to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles invasion of the U.S. in 1964.
The tour, which takes in sites in Liverpool, London and Henley is open to all ages. Singles, couples, families and groups are welcome.
Tour director Charles Rosenay says the 2013 edition of the tour, the Magical History Tour's 30th anniversary, has just returned to the States. Highlights of this year's event included some 70 participants participating in a recording session at Abbey Road Studio 2 of "All You Need is Love" accompanied by the Mexican Beatles band Morsa.
"We also enjoyed our day tour of London Beatle sights, our all-day tour of Liverpool sights guided by David "Liddypool" Bedford, the bonus tours of the obscure Beatle locales in London & Liverpool guided by Rene 'Beatles Unlimited' van Haarlem,” he said.
“We followed in the footsteps of the films 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help!', we were privy to having the gates open (first time ever!) for us at Paul's Cavendish home, our Good Day Sunshine afternoon in Chiswick Park, our group parties at Hard Rock - Sticky Fingers - Lord's Tavern, visiting George's Friar Park home in Henley-on-Thames, the Music Festival at Sefton Park, the International Beatles Convention, seeing Mike McCartney live onstage with The Scaffold reunion, seeing Neil Innes and John Halsey (Barry Wom) live onstage with The Rutles reunion, the unbelievable concerts at the Liverpool Philharmonic (and) hearing Joe Brown perform 'I'll See You In My Dreams' on the Cavern stage in memory of George.”
Rosenay said the participants also went inside John Lennon and Paul McCartney's childhood homes, saw “every imaginable site in Liverpool,” enjoyed a ferry trip across the Mersey, and met celebrities including John Lennon's sister Julia Baird, Brian Epstein friend Joe Flannery, Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, Beatles early concert promoter Sam Leach, former Beatles fan club president Freda Kelly and others.
The fans also visited the Strawberry Field gate just before it was vandalized with yellow paint. (See the picture in the slide show.)
Tour price for 2014 is $2,599 per person based on double occupancy. For complete information on next year's tour, more detailed pricing or a reservation form, call (203) 795-4737, email LiverpoolTours@aol.com or visit the Liverpool Tour website.