Live: Ayuntamiento, Dingwall, Escocia

The Beatles played at Dingwall’s Town Hall, in Ross-shire, Scotland, on 4 January 1963. This was the second stop on The Beatles’ five-date Scottish tour of January 1963. The show was not well-attended, with only 19 people believed to have attended. A local band, The Melotones, were playing on the same night at the nearby Strathpeffer Pavilion, and drew a crowd of over 1,000.One of the audience members was Olive Lees, whose father Jimmy Stewart was the leader of the Melotones.My father told me the mini bus to the Strath was full so I’d have to go to the town hall. I wasn’t bothered because the Melotones would come round to our house and play in the sitting room.I remember The Beatles were late in arriving and when they came on stage one by one they were wearing three-quarter-length leather jackets, long scarves – one was trailing his on the ground behind him – and winkle pickers.Everyone was laughing at them. But they were brilliant and they chatted with the audience between songs.

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