John Lennon’s original Quarrymen to re-enact first performance at NEC
The Quarrymen to star at NEC in November to celebrate 60 years since their first public appearance
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) is bringing John Lennon’s original Quarrymen, the predecessors to The Beatles, to the show on 11 November at Birmingham’s NEC.
There will be two 30-minute sets at the joint stand of the FBHVC/Historic Commercial Vehicle Society (HCVS), and to further recapture the spirit of their debut, there will be a 1937 AEC Matador lorry on stage.
FBHVC chairman, David Whale, explains: ‘ The idea for this recreation of what might be called the birth of The Beatles came to us when we found an old black and white photograph of a skiffle group playing on the back of a ‘50s lorry in a carnival. One of our directors remarked that one of the boys looked like John Lennon and we soon found out that indeed it was!
A spokesperson for the band adds: ‘ They are all proud to have been part of what went before, and their music continues to salute that glorious heritage today.’
The Quarrymen’s first public appearance, during an Empire Day street party in Liverpool.