Beatlemania hits Newcastle 55 years ago as fans queue for City Hall concert tickets

It was 1963 and a new phenomenon was sweeping Britain.

Beatlemania perhaps seems rather quaint in 2018, but 55 years ago the great and good of the Establishment were horrified at the mass hysteria affecting teenagers.

Out went the traditional British stiff upper lip – and in came screaming fans acting hysterically at the sight and sound of the Liverpool pop group.

In 1963, The Beatles were on their way to global superstardom.

The Fab Four embarked on four UK tours that year, and by the time these fans began queuing for concert tickets, the band had enjoyed hits with Love Me Do, Please Please Me, and then two earth-shattering number ones – She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand.

Our photograph, from this week five and a half decades ago, shows some of the thousands of young fans who descended on central Newcastle to queue for tickets for The Beatles’ two shows at the City Hall on November 23.

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