Exactly 50 years ago today Heather Galpin, then 17, got her hands on tickets for the band’s Newcastle gig, set for that November, after queuing for an entire weekend with pals.
Heading straight from her job with the health service on Friday evening, she took her spot in the ticket queue for the City Hall show.
She was one of 4,000 fans who waited in the autumn cold for 48 hours. Five decades on and Heather, now 67, said she will always cherish the memories of that time.
“It was the most fantastic experience waiting in the queue, I think all of us were aware that there was something great going on,” said Heather, who lives in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, with husband Bill.
“I went straight from work on Friday and on Saturday colleagues came with sandwiches and soup for us.
“It seemed to me that a lot of older people recognised this was a great period, mainly they recognised it was all innocent and there was something good about this music.”
Over the two days, police mounted “morality patrols” to protect the chastity of young girls camped on the pavement. When the box office finally opened, 130 people were hurt in the stampede. But for Heather, the atmosphere of that weekend has stayed with her throughout her life.
And her favourite memory is making the front page of a special edition of the Sunday Sun.
“I was on the front cover of that, absolutely covered in pictures of the Beatles, I remember running to Fenwicks to get pins and asking people to keep my place in the queue,” said the grandmother-of-two.
Tracking down that front page, which Heather recalls came out in the afternoon, after the normal paper, has turned into something of a mission for the retired principal consultant.
“I have been trying to track it down for at least 14 years,” said Heather, who has three children.
“My middle son, when he was at university in London, went to the British Library and got the front page and framed it thinking I was one of the girls on the front, but it was the regular Sunday Sun.
“I would love to know if anyone out there has that special edition of the Sunday Sun with me on the front.”
Heather, a former South Shields Girls Grammar pupil, whose maiden name was Wraith, added: “It would be really lovely to get hold of it after all this time.”
Here at the Sunday Sun, we’ve got our best people searching through the archives for a copy of the October 27, 1963 special edition. If you’ve got one, please call Sarah Scott on 0191 201 6273.
By Sarah Scott