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24 September 2014
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The Cavern

Cavern medley
Mathew Street, famous the world over for its connection to the Beatles

Beatles interview Listen to Cavern Memories The Beatles' Fan Club
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"The only drawback with the Cavern is the tide came in occasionally. You’d go to the gents and the water would have seeped through the sandstone floor. You’d have to paddle to get to the toilet.

I didn’t know the Beatles, they were always a bit of a joke on the Liverpool scene. They weren’t awfully good at that time to be perfectly honest. Then Allan Williams took them over to Hamburg and they came back with their leather coats."

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"I remember sagging school, changing in the toilets, then jumping over the fence, going to the Cavern and coming back."

Last night at the Cavern
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"It was a dirty hole in the ground when you look back, but at the time it was so exciting and so grown up. You used to sneak in and you’d hide your face, because if they saw your face, they knew you weren’t old enough."

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"The Beatles were quite well known locally, although they hadn’t become famous."

"They opened the strip club up Parliament Street, that was one of the Beatles’ first gigs. All looking terribly embarrassed because they were only young boys then."

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"They used to come to the club in Liverpool 8 in Windsor Street. We used to have a Friday night where all the groups would come down and play. Even the Beatles were there, they used to come in the afternoons. I can picture now Bob Wooler trying to get them out of the door."

The Beatles after Epstein
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