It was all about the music in 1963

The picturesque cottages that once sat behind the original Coach and Horses pub at Hilsea, Portsmouth.

Quaint old farm cottages were behind Coach and Horses pub

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On this day in 1963 the clocks changed for British Summer Time and The Beatles played for the first time in Portsmouth.

The two shows at the Guildhall included the American singers Chris Montez and Tommy Roe each of whom had had big hits in 1962 with Let’s Dance and Sheila respectively.

The Evening News headline read: ‘Britain Wins Pop Tussle at Guildhall’ and that the Americans were ‘overshadowed’ by The Beatles.

The band’s first single, Please, Please Me had been released just eight days before the gig – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.

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