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The Mersey Beatles Sgt Pepper 50th Anniversary Show Live At the Hare & Hounds on June 4th

ABOVE: The Mersey Beatles Performing Sgt Pepper live

It was 50 years ago in June 1967 that The Beatles released what is regarded by many to be the greatest album of all time - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Now King's Heath Walk Of Fame are delighted to present The Mersey Beatles in a special intimate gig at the Hare & Hounds on Sunday 4 June to jointly celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the album's release and the 54th Anniversary of The Beatles third and final appearance in 1963 at the now sadly burnt down Ritz Ballroom next door to the Hare & Hounds on York Road.

Described by the British Beatles Fan Cub as 'the Best Beatles tribute band', The Mersey Beatles were all born and grew up in Liverpool. They were the resident band at the legendary Cavern Club for over 10 years and now regularly tour throughout Europe and the U.S.A. Earlier this year they returned to perform their Sgt Pepper show at Liverpool's prestigeous Epstein Theatre.

John Lennon's sister Julia Baird comparing them to other Beatles tribute bands said 'The Mersey Beatles are the most authentic I've heard ... and I've heard them all'.

A British Beatles Fan Club review said 'The quality of the music was superb with each song reproduced in the original key with spot-on harmonies and perfect guitar solos that had the audience marvelling at the sheer quality of the talent on view'.

Joe Flannery, Brian Epstein's assistant, said 'When I saw them in The Cavern they perfectly recreated the atmosphere that the original Beatles produced. It was like listening to The Beatles again'.

In the first half of tonight's concert The Mersey Beatles will perform Sgt Pepper in it's entirety and in the second 20 of The Beatles greatest hits.

Doors open 7 pm.

Support from PETERS & DOG

Tickets cost £15 cash from Kitchen Garden Cafe or £15 + booking fee from www.skiddle.com/e/12922152

Please note the Hare & Hounds is an upstairs standing and dancing venue just like the old Ritz Ballroom.

Below: The iconic album cover for The Beatles Sgt Pepper and The Lonely Hearts Club Band

Local Government Ombudsman to begin investigating complaint over Council Delay in deciding Asset of Community Value nomination

ABOVE: 4 Years ago on 27 March 2014 fire destroyed the former Ideal Picture House, Billiards Hall, Ritz Ballroom and Bingo Hall at 2 York Road

An investigation has now begun by the Local Government Ombudsman into Birmingham City Council's delay in deciding whether or not to list 2 York Road as an Asset Of Community Value.

Kings Heath music lovers have been demanding a change of tune from City Council chiefs for some time because they are refusing to decide the future of the site of a former dance hall where sixties legends including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones made their Birmingham debut and members of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Move, The Spencer Davis Group and Slade cut their musical teeth.

Four years ago on 27 March 2013, the building that had been home to the Ritz Ballroom throughout the sixties and early seventies was destroyed by fire.

Campaigners are demanding the land at 2 York Road is listed as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ as an important step in realising the dream of creating a suitable tribute to the venue’s rich musical heritage. The land was originally the site of a cinema and billiards hall before being converted by legendary Irish couple Ma and Pa Regan into a ballroom and then a bingo hall.

The campaign has gathered wide support from local residents and businesses.

Co-organisers Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker said: “We have sent the Council leader legal advice that the Localism Act requires them to list the site. We are very angry and concerned that the council believes they are above the law and can simply ignore the eight-week mandatory time limit for making such decisions. They have now taken over 15 months to not make a decision. It also seems to us that they have no effective complaints policy. There are now growing demands for something to be done about what has become a derelict eyesore in an otherwise increasingly fashionable area and for us to be helped to realise our dream of making the Ritz rise from the ashes as a community resource celebrating its amazing heritage.”

The plans are to build on the site a performance space and a museum that tells the story of the site.

Further fundraising for this ambitious project is taking place on 4th June at the Hare and Hounds next door to the derelict site when John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird’s favourite tribute band The Mersey Beatles perform a special show to jointly commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the release of the Sgt Pepper album and the 54th Anniversary of The Beatles third and final appearance at the Ritz.

Tickets cost £15 cash from the Kitchen Garden Cafe or £15 + booking fee from www.skiddle.com/e/12922152

Bob Prew added “Liverpool earns millions of pounds from musical tourism. Birmingham could do the same if the Council started to promote our musical heritage in the same way. Listing 2 York Road as an Asset of Community Value would make a great start”.

BELOW: One of the 4 murals that tells the history of 2 York Road designed by graffitti artist Hoakser

Out Of The Shadows return to play great Rock'n'Roll music at Fletchers on 7 May

Come to the eagerly awaited return to Fletchers Bar on Sunday 7 May of the award winning Out of The Shadows in fantastic 3-hour rock'n'roll show starting at 3 p.m. And wear your dancing shoes because this multi-talented group have had the audience dancing in every conceivable space on their last two appearances here.

Hailing from Stourbridge, they have regularly been voted Top Club Act by regional club entertainment officers and audience members. They are a great good time rock 'n' roll band. Expect to hear some of the greatest vocal hits from the late 1950's onwards from Eddie Cochran's Summertime Blues through to Dire Straits' Walk Of Life as well as a few of The Shadows' greatest instrumental hits.

If you have not seen them before, don't miss out again as another great Lazy Sunday Afternoon's entertainment is guaranteed.

Advance Tickets cost £4 from Kitchen Garden Cafe or £4.40 from www.wegottickets.com/event/392459

Any remaining tickets will cost £5 on the door.

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