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It must have been an amaz­ing day. Fifty years ago, when Ade­laide was a big, sleepy, coun­try town, about half the pop­u­la­tion de­cided to turn out one Fri­day to see four mu­si­cians ar­rive at the air­port and be driven into town.

Our city has never seen any­thing like it, be­fore or since. Three hun­dred thou­sand people were es­ti­mated to have lined the streets that 1964 day to wel­come The Bea­tles.

A case of des­per­ate bore­dom or hunger for change? A mix of both, no doubt.

But some go fur­ther and, as Craig Cook re­ports to­day, credit the Fab Four with help­ing switch Ade­laide on to the Swing­ing Six­ties and the so­cial changes that were soon to fol­low.

roy ec­cle­ston

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