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The latest news and on-the-spot reports, presented by David Dimbleby.Featuring the 10th Aniversary of the night the Beatles first appeared at the Cavern club. ( 1971)

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30 minutes

Last on

Tue 2 Mar 1971 22:10

Did You Know?

The phrase 'Mersey Beat' came from a popular fan magazine in the early 1960s that celebrated Liverpool's music. By the 1970s, however, the city's reign as the world's musical Mecca seemed to be over. Worse, the population of the city centre had largely been rehoused in the suburbs, a regeneration programme viewed by many as more devastating to the heart of Liverpool than all of Hitler's Blitz raids. The area was further redeveloped as part of the preparations for Liverpool's year as the European Capital of Culture in 2008.


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Music from the Mersey Collection

Mersey Music Collection

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