Monday 19 March 2018

A window into world of Beatlemania 50 years on

John Lennon's suit from 1963
John Lennon's suit from 1963
The Beatles display at Arnotts on Dublin's Henry Street.
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

BEATLEMANIA has struck the capital once again, 50 years after the Fab Four played their only Irish date at Dublin's Adelphi Theatre.

Beatles fans, curiosity-seekers and passers-by have been "mesmerised" by the display in the shop window of Arnotts on Henry Street that features the only surviving suits worn by the band during their 'Hard Day's Night' tour.

The display features the charcoal-grey suits with black, velvet collars that were tailored for the band by DA Millings and Son of Old Compton Street, London.

The display – on loan from the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons ahead of the upcoming Dublin Beatles Festival later this week – has been drawing crowds and triggering precious memories of those lucky enough to see the band when they played two shows at the Adelphi on November 7, in 1963.

While the landmark theatre on Middle Abbey Street closed in 1995, the 1930s Art Moderne facade is still visible even though the actual space now forms part of Arnotts' loading bay.

Damien Byrne, the retailer's head of creative, said the display was literally stopping people in their tracks, especially older women who were starstruck schoolgirls when the Fab Four descended on Dublin.

"People are walking past and telling stories about that night," he said.

The festival, meanwhile, kicks off on Thursday as Beatles tribute bands perform at a variety of venues across the city.

See www.dublinbeatles for more.

Irish Independent

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