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Fab Four: Beatles memorabilia from shows in Preston could make a killing at valuation day
Fab Four: Beatles memorabilia from shows in Preston could make a killing at valuation day
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It’s 50 years tomorrow since The Beatles came to Preston and, to celebrate, one local firm is offering to put a price on locals memories of The Fab Four.

Rock memorabilia specialists Tracks Ltd, who are based in Chorley, are holding a Beatles and Pop Music valuation day at the city’s Macdonalds Tickled Trout Hotel this weekend.

They returned almost a year later on September 13 1963 – and after this show, Paul drove 25 miles to Nelson’s Imperial Ballroom, arriving just after midnight to help judge the Miss Imperial 1963 contest.

The Rolling Stones also played the Public Hall on January 31 1964 while rock stars Led Zeppelin came there on November 23 1971 and to the Guild Hall on January 30 1973. David Bowie also appeared at the Public Hall on June 4 1972 - meaning fans in the area could have some hidden gems.

Anyone with concert posters, flyers, programs, tickets, signatures, magazines, personal possessions, negatives, lyrics or other items can bring them along from 10.30am to 4.30pm for a free valuation.

Lynsey Wilkins of Tracks said: “Sometimes people want to know the history of the items they have had stored in their attics for the last 30 or 40 years. What is it? Where was it made? How many were made? Is it real or fake? And most important of all, what is it worth?

“All of the bands and artists left behind a plethora of superb mementos from their visits to Preston and most of this material has risen steadily in value over the last 20 years.

“The last five years has seen a significant increase in the price of Beatles memorabilia in particular.

A Beatles concert poster from Preston in decent condition could now bring £6,000 to £8,000, compared with £4,000 five years ago, a small ticket stub £50 and a larger more elaborate one such as those that were issued in 1962 or early 1963 would bring around £400.”