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|Beatles, Bournemouth and burgers|
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 11/21/13 9:55 am] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
The Beatles played more shows at the Gaumont in Bournemouth than in any other British theatre outside of London, notching up 16 shows in 14 months from August 1963. The Beatles also played the Winter Gardens in Bournemouth on their autumn 1963 tour just as Beatlemania gripped the nation. Fifty years ago to the day The Beatles played the Winter Gardens, the town's newest dining experience opened its doors.
The Bournemouth Rock Cafe is home to a unique collection of rock and pop memorabilia associated with nearly 60 years of music history in the town. The Beatles Room is dedicated to the many connections that link the Fab Four to the resort, including the Winter Gardens shows on November 16, 1963 that were filmed by American TV news crews and resulted in the first footage of The Beatles to be shown on US television, three months before the famous Ed Sullivan Show on February 1964.
Cutting the ribbon, the Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Dr Rodney Cooper said, "I can't wait to come back here time and time again, there's so much history on show and so many fascinating stories that relate to it." Nick Churchill, author of Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Beatles & Bournemouth, added, "At last Bournemouth has a permanent reminder of the unique place the town occupies in Beatles history."
The Beatles' connection to the area runs through the exhibitions at the Bournemouth Rock Cafe, even as far as its music-themed menu which showcases a specialist range of gourmet burgers.
For more information, check out www.bournemouthrockcafe.com.
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