• Short Summary

    BEATLEMANIA GRIPPED LONDON'S PICCADILLY CIRCUS TONIGHT (MONDAY) AS 12 THOUSAND SCREAMING TEENAGERS FORMED A NOISY HONOUR GUARD FOR BRITAIN'S POP IDOLS AS THEY ARRIVED FOR THE PREMIER OF THE FIRST FILM "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT".

  • Description

    BEATLEMANIA GRIPPED LONDON'S PICCADILLY CIRCUS TONIGHT (MONDAY) AS 12 THOUSAND SCREAMING TEENAGERS FORMED A NOISY HONOUR GUARD FOR BRITAIN'S POP IDOLS AS THEY ARRIVED FOR THE PREMIER OF THE FIRST FILM "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT".

    SEVERAL HUNDRED POLICE BATTLED TO KEEP CONTROL AS THE CROWD PACKED THE AREA AROUND THE PAVILION CINEMA AND OVERFLOWED INTO SURROUNDING STREETS AND ALLEYWAYS.

    BOYS AND GIRLS JOSTLED FOR VANTAGE POINTS HOURS BEFORE THE FAMOUS AND MUCH-TRAVELLED QUARTET ARRIVED. IN THE CRUSH, FOUR GIRLS FAINTED AND HAD TO WITNESS THE ARRIVAL OF THE GROUP, ACCOMPANIED BY JOHN LENNON'S WIFE CYNTHIA, FROM STRETCHERS.

    IN FRONT OF THE CINEMA POLICEMEN LINKED ARMS TO KEEP SOME ROOM CLEAR FOR THE ARRIVALS OF GUESTS, BUT THEY CONSTANTLY HAD TO CHASE AFTER TEENAGERS WHO BROKE THROUGH THE HUMAN BARRIER. THE CINEMA'S MANAGER REPORTED THAT IT TOOK 12 ABLE-BODIED MEN TO KEEP A BEVY OF GIRLS OUT OF A DOOR WHICH THEY SAW AJAR.

    HALF-AN-HOUR AFTER THE ARRIVAL OF THE BEATLES, PRINCESS MARGARET AND HER HUSBAND LORD SNOWDON ARRIVED -- BUT THEY RECEIVED A SLIGHTLY LESS ENTHUSIASTIC RECEPTION. COMMENTED PRINCESS MARGARET AS SHE STEPPED INTO THE FOYER: "WELL, WE ARRIVED SAFELY".

    LATER, THE BEATLES AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CAST WERE INTRODUCED TO THE ROYAL GUESTS.

    EVEN AFTER THE FILM STARTED CROWDS CONTINUED TO THRONG PICCADILLY CIRCUS AND POLICE WERE FORCED TO CORDON OF THE ASEA AS TEENAGERS CLUSTERED TOGETHER FOR PERODIC SCREAMING SESSIONS.

    THE ST. JOHN'S AMBULANCE BRIGADE, WHICH SET UP A SPECIAL EMERGENCY CENTRE NEAR PICCADILLY CIRCUS, SAID THAT BY 10 O'CLOCK TONIGHT THERE HAD BEEN 85 CASUALTIES. THE MAJORITY WERE GIRLS WHO HAD FAINTED OR SUFFERED FROM HYSTERIA -- NONE, HOWEVER, HAD BEEN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4FWOVTAI0GU7JJWO6PYVSK2XU
    Media URN:
    VLVA4FWOVTAI0GU7JJWO6PYVSK2XU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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