November 8, 1963

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Where: Northern Ireland, Belfast, United Kingdom

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When: 08 November 1963

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The Beatles emerging from the Ritz Cinema, Fisherwick Place, Belfast following their concert. Can't spot Ringo Starr, so perhaps he was still inside. They had played the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin the day before.

The Irish Times, Friday, 8 November 1963, reported this brief political exchange in Belfast the day before the concert, under the headline Should Beatles be shaved or shot?

"The Beatles got short shrift from the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. William Craig, in the Northern Ireland Commons yesterday. He was asked by Mr. Patrick Gormley (Nat.), whether he had considered mobilisation of sections of the B Specials for the visit of the group to Belfast. He replied curtly: "No, Sir."
Mr. Gormley then asked the Minister if he was aware that the visit was an occasion for non-squares and in view of the fact that there was such a high proportion of non-squares in the B Specials, was he not missing a "golden opportunity."
Mr. Harry Diamond (Rep. Lab.), said the kindly people of Belfast would prefer shaving them to shooting them. ... Mr. Edward Richardson (Nat.), asked would the Minister not consider an all-Ireland tax on Beatle hair cuts. There was no reply."

Date: Friday, 8 November 1963

NLI Ref.: INDMC9903


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    Dawn Woodhouse

    • 08/Nov/2011 11:27:55

    OMG some of those terms like 'squares' are so dated now.... how time flies! Via Dawn Woodhouse's contacts' uploads on Fluidr

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Nov/2011 11:37:16 Just like OMG will be dated at some stage, Dawn! :)

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    • 08/Nov/2011 13:28:11

    And there are so many people in Ireland today that would not know what a B Special was much less a "square"! Mr. Gormley was having a good time knocking a rise out of the dour Mr. Craig. Interesting that Paul looks more like he under arrest than being escorted for his own safety!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Nov/2011 13:36:32 Well, I'd say the police were very edgy - There'd been absolute mayhem in Dublin the night before!

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    • 08/Nov/2011 15:58:54

    But there were no B Specials in Dublin!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Nov/2011 16:21:20 I know, but the Gardaí had been inundated in Dublin...

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    instinctive mind

    • 08/Nov/2011 23:22:33

    Nice Photo. Many Young Men. I listened to the Beatle's Music as a Teen in the 1960'S.

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    • 09/Nov/2011 00:43:19

    I like the guy with the smoke hanging from his mouth. Get outta my way ya sods... :)

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    maorlando - God keeps me as I lean on Him!!

    • 09/Nov/2011 07:17:33

    Neat capture from the 60's but prefer ELVIS forever... thanks for sharing this great candid!!!

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    • 16/Dec/2011 23:43:09

    Did anybody notice the little lady at bottom right? Hope they didn't knock her down!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Dec/2011 17:25:22[email protected] But she looks so thrilled to be seeing the Beatles, don't think she'd have minded even if they had...

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    Mr Abraham Lincoln

    • 12/Aug/2013 04:50:06 LOL very true