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Beatlemania will return to King's Heath on Sunday 15 February

Beatlemania will return to King's Heath on Sunday 15 Febuary as we celebrate the 52nd anniversary of the first ever Beatles gig in Birmingham at the old Ritz Ballroom on King’s Heath’s York Road which was sadly destroyed by fire in 2013. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m top local musicians will play their favourite Beatles songs in a sold out acoustic session at Fletchers Bar on York Road directly opposite the former ballroom.

Doors will then open at 7 p.m at the Hare & Hounds for a Special Concert by top Midlands tribute band The Born Again Beatles who last year starred at Liverpool's Cavern Club where the Fab Four started out.Tickets for the evening concert are also selling fast and need to be bought quickly

The Beatles appeared at the Ritz Ballroom – one of 4 venues run in the 1950′s and 60′s by the legendary Irish couple Ma and Pa Regan – on 15 February 1963 shortly after releasing their second single “Please Please Me”. Originally scheduled to appear on 11 January, they had been prevented by blizzard like conditions from making the 11 mile journey to King’s Heath from one of the Regans other venues – the Plaza in Old Hill.

When they did eventually make it on 15 February Beatlemania had really started to take off and the Beatles were only able to enter the Ritz by climbing up a ladder from Milford Place. In fact, the Fab Four almost had to appear as the Fab Three after George Harrison arrived late by taxi and was trapped by screaming fans.

“Tell them to turn that racket down” is what Pa Regan is rumoured to have shouted while they were practising! But he was a very happy man really. He had persuaded their manager Brian Epstein to agree to them performing for their previously agreed fee even though they were now No. 1 in the charts! They performed the rescheduled gig at The Ritz during a break from The Helen Shapiro Tour on which they started off as only 4th out of the 11 acts on the bill!

No more advance tickets are available for the afternoon Acoustic Session. A few tickets and returns may be available for £4 on the door.

Advance tickets for the evening concert by The Born Again Beatles are also selling fast and cost £5 and are available from the Kitchen Garden Cafe or on-line for £5 plus a booking fee from 

www.wegottickets.com/event/306145

www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk 

Any remaining tickets will cost £7 on the door.



 
Brum Beat rock 'n' roll legends Dave Lacey and Buddies to play Fletchers on Sunday 7 December

Come and hear 1960's Brum Beat legendary singer Dave Lacey with his current group Buddies in a special three hour concert at Fletchers on Sunday 7 December. Dave Lacey and the Corvettes were regulars at King's Heath's Ritz Ballroom and other clubs on the Regan circuit in the 1960's . Now  Dave along with The Corvettes' rhythm guitarist Roy Pinson and drummer John Dudley will return to  King's Heath and be joined on stage at Fletchers by lead guitarist Dave Brettell and bass guitarist Anthony Smith in a great line up known as Dave Lacey and Buddies. Originally formed to play Buddy Holly songs, the hugely popular Stourbridge based group now play a fantastic selection of great rock 'n' roll songs from the late 1950's onwards.

Dave Lacey and the Corvettes were regulars at the Regan owned Plazas in Old Hill and Handsworth in the 1960's but frequently doubled up by playing at the Ritz Ballroom on the same night as well. They supported many of the greatest artists of  the 1960's including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Bill Haley and Jerry Lee Lewis. With the Regans acting as their agents, they performed 3 songs on the famous Brum Beat album released by Decca and had a single "That's What They All Say", penned by Dave Lacey, released on the Phillips label.

Starting at 3 p.m. Dave Lacy and Buddies will appear as the main act in the latest of our popular Lazy Sunday Afternoon Sessions on Sunday 7 December. Support will be provided by the up and coming acoustic duo Trailing Tales performing a variety of "feel good" songs.

Advance tickets cost just £3 from the Kitchen Garden Cafe or www.wegottickets.com. Any remaining tickets will cost £4 on the door.

Below: The Corvettes photographed on stage at the Ritz Ballroom in the 1960's by Dave Lacey


 
Over 500 sign up to support our campaign to create a new Ritz Community Arts Centre

 

ABOVE: Hoakser's mural created for this September's King's Heath Street Festival celebrates the history of 2 York Road. From 1913-32 the builiding was the Ideal Picture House, from 1933-54 it was the Ideal Billiards Club, from 1955 - 72 it was most famously the Ritz Ballroom and from 1973-2003 it was the Ritz Bingo Club.

Our campaign to create a Ritz Community Arts Centre on the site of the burnt down ruins of the former ballroom on King's Heath's York Road has got off to a flying start. Over 500 people have now agreed to donate £10 a year enabling us to demonstrate we will have an annual income of more than £5,000 so we can become a registered charity and seek Lottery funding.

A well attended public meeting at the All Saints Centre on Tuesday 23 September elected a 15 strong committee to take the project forward. The committee will be holding it's first meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday 28 October also at the All Saints Centre.

There is stiil time to fill in our on-line questionnaire and agree to donate £10 a year by going to:-

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R98H3YM

If you would like to get involved in our campaign contact:-

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We are particularly looking for more people with a background in the performing arts, drawing up business plans, BID writing and fundraising and architecture and planning but the more help we can get the better!


 
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