Portsmouth Guildhall memories of Cliff Richard

Sue Butler's picture of The Beatles signed in Portsmouth
Sue Butler's picture of The Beatles signed in Portsmouth
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Shirley Cole cut her gig-going teeth at Portsmouth Guildhall in November 1960 when she saw Cliff Richard.

‘You couldn’t hear anything because of the screaming and I was in tears at seeing my idol,’ she says.

Those were the days when there were two shows a night and Shirley and a friend would get tickets for both.

She also saw The Beatles, Gene Pitney, the Walker and Everly Brothers and Helen Shapiro.

On the subject of The Beatles, Sue Jarrett, a Portsmouth schoolgirl and now author Sue Butler, managed to get John, Paul, George and Ringo to sign this picture when they played the Guildhall on December 3, 1963 – a rescheduled gig after Paul was taken ill shortly before going on stage at the Guildhall the previous month. More on this tomorrow.

If you’ve got memories of the Guildhall to help us celebrate the building’s 125th anniversary, e-mail chris.owen@thenews.co.uk.