The Beatles in Guernsey, 1963

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The Beatles backstage in Guernsey with Royston Ellis

The Beatles played two shows at Candie Gardens in Guernsey on 8 August 1963. They played in Jersey on the 6th and 7th, returning there for two further concerts on 9th and 10th following their concert in Guernsey.

After the show, John Lennon spent the night with Liverpool poet Royston Ellis and his girlfriend Stephanie [1]. The experience is said to have inspired the track "Polythene Pam" which appeared on the album Abbey Road in 1969. Ellis, a Liverpudlian Beat poet, claims to have given the band the idea the name for the "Beatles"[2]


  1. Beatles Bible, Candie Gardens
  2. Royston Ellis blog
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