Sunday 24 February 2019

Beatles fan shares fab memorabilia with museum

Treasure trove: Some of the Beatles memorabilia collected by superfan Terri Colman-Black. Photo: PA
Treasure trove: Some of the Beatles memorabilia collected by superfan Terri Colman-Black. Photo: PA

Cate McCurry

A Beatles superfan has donated a rare and treasured collection of band memorabilia to a museum in Dublin.

Terri Colman-Black spent decades buying unique pieces from shops around Dublin and went on to build up a treasure trove of items dedicated to the Fab Four.

At the age of 14, Ms Colman-Black's love for John, Paul, George and Ringo was confirmed after she went to their first and only concert in Dublin in November 1963.

Among some of the items on display at the Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience in Dublin are the ticket and programme from their Irish concert, a George Harrison model kit and Beatles magazines.

The mother-of-two said she started to buy the collectables as she wanted to surround herself with The Beatles.

"In those days, you didn't have a lot of money, people didn't think about memorabilia," she said.

Treasure trove: Some of the Beatles memorabilia collected by superfan Terri Colman-Black. Photo: PA
Treasure trove: Some of the Beatles memorabilia collected by superfan Terri Colman-Black. Photo: PA

"I started to buy things because I just wanted them around me, to stick up on the wall, to put in my bedroom.

"More and more things became available, I got as many pictures as I could get.

"I couldn't afford everything, so I looked after them and that's why 50 years later I still have them, because you weren't going to get them twice.

"I joined the fan club in 1964 and that was like a wonderland, because that brought you to a whole new level. I got autographs and constant communication about the band.

"The most important thing was that on Christmas Eve, we got a record, which had a recorded message to their fans."

The collection also includes a piece from the wall of Liverpool's famous Cavern Club before it was demolished in the early 1970s.

Last month, a plaque was unveiled in Dublin to mark The Beatles' concert at the Adelphi Cinema 55 years ago.

Ms Colman-Black said the performance changed the music scene in Dublin.

"Up until then, teenagers were quite restricted in what they could do or go, or what music they could listen to," she said. "I felt exhilarated after that concert, but they never came back. I can still see it and I can feel the excitement."

She said she had donated her collection as she wanted other people to see it.

"I am so happy that other people can see it. But I miss it, it's part of me and my fabric.

"I know it's worth a fortune, but I would never sell it. It's my children's legacy. I've been offered money so many times - over €1,000 for a poster.

"You cannot buy these. It's invaluable."

Irish Independent

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