A JPCS Rail Projects team has uncovered a rare poster advertising a performance by the Beatles dating back to 1962, on a Merseyside railway station, which has been valued at £5,000.
Andy Smith and Peter Clarke (pictured above, L-R) exposed the valuable vintage piece during a “hard day’s night” of refurbishment works, while removing wooden cladding on a platform wall at Bidston station, as part of ongoing improvements to the station.
The 51 year old poster advertises a show at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, which was destroyed in a fire in 1969. The show, with Little Richard as the main act, was held in October, only 7 days after the release of Love Me Do, the Beatles’s first single.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo after the discovery, Paul Collins, Merseyrail projects engineer said:
“The contractors on site were ripping some boards off when they found the poster. They knew straight away that it was something important and needed to be saved. It looks like there are three other posters underneath and maybe there’s a company out there who can separate them. We have found some real gems in the past at train stations.”
Peter Shone, managing director at JPCS said: “We feel very privileged to have found this poster during the recent refurbishment works at Bidston railway station. It certainly was something you don’t see every day! I do hope that it soon finds a home in a place where it can be enjoyed by many people as a celebration of times gone by.”
Doug Darroch, curation of the Merseybeat Museum in New Brighton, said that this type of finding is “pure musical history” and he hoped the poster would stay in Wirral.
JPCS’s rail team is Link-up approved, working for rail operators, such as Network Rail and the London Overground, as well as Train Operating Companies (TOCs) and Freight Operating Companies (FOCs). JPCS also delivers civil engineering and maintenance services to the highways and energy markets.