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Scarborough Beatles poster

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LISTEN, do you want to know a secret? You could be hoarding a fortune in Beatles memorabilia.

There is a chance to find out at a valuation day at the Spa on Sunday.

Dealers and valuers Tracks hosts a valuation day at the South Bay venue from 11am to 4.30pm. It is not just The Beatles items which are welcome.

“We are inviting members of the public to bring along any pop music memorabilia – concert posters, flyers, programmes, tickets, signatures, magazines, personal possessions, negatives, lyrics– for a free valuation,” said a spokesman.

“We will be purchasing selected items on the day. Sometimes people want to know the history of the items they have had stored in their attics for the past 40 or 50 years,”

It is not beyond the realms of possibilty that Scarborough people harbour pop gems.

The Beatles played two dates at the Futurist. The first performance was on December 11 1963 as part of The Beatles autumn tour and the second was a one- off gig on August 9 1964.

The Scarborough Evening News reported: “It was a hard day’s afternoon for police and attendants at the Futurist Theatre, Scarborough, yesterday.

“Their task was to control the screaming crowd of several hundred teenagers who blocked the theatre front solid in the hope of catching sight of those “you-know-whos”.

The Beatles arrived for their one-night stand so quietly – they slipped in the stage-door entrance on Bland’s Cliff while police caused a distraction at the front of the theatre – that they had to appear at a window before fans would believe they that they had got inside.

On the other occasion The Beatles were lucky to make their getaway.

Police held fans at bay as their car was driven along Blands Cliff and out of the town.

March 5 and August 22 1965 saw The Rolling Stones perform at the Futurist and many other groups of the time performed at the seafront venue including Gerry and the Pacemakers, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks, Dusty Springfield and The Hollies, to name but a few.

All of the bands and artists left behind a plethora of mementos from their concerts in Scarborough; most of this material has risen steadily in value over the past 20 years.

The past five years has seen a significant increase in the price of Beatles memorabilia, in particular. A Beatles concert poster from Scarborough in decent condition could now bring up to £5,000+, compared with £2,000 five years ago, a small ticket stub £50, a larger, more elaborate one such as those that were issued in 1962 or early 1963 would bring around £150 (more than double this if it were complete).

Beatles programmes bring between £20 and £75, with handbills realising between £300 and £500.

Beatles signatures have risen the most dramatically in price out of the whole range of pop memorabilia. For example, a set of four Beatles signatures on one page from an autograph album would now bring up to £2,000 (compared with £1,000 10 years ago), But prices have risen most significantly in respect of signed albums, photos and programmes.