15-year-old photography student Andy Wright’s assignment was to get some shots of Britain’s up and coming pop group, The Beatles, as they played a concert at the brand new Fairfield Halls in Croydon, South London on April 25th, 1963.
At the time Andy took the 12 photographs, the Beatles had not attained their real fame and there was no real Beatlemania. To him, they were just a group playing at a venue in the town where he lived.
When Andy’s set of photographs, showing the mop-haired group in their then trademark Beatle suits and Chelsea boots, were unearthed in his attic and shown to Fairfield’s officials, who decided to use them to mark the venue’s 50th anniversary.
Andy, who still had the negatives has been persuaded to license use of the pictures and has registered them with the world’s largest commercial picture agency, Getty Images.
Fairfield’s spokesman said that they are potentially worth tens of thousands of pounds, and that they had been searching for pictures of The Beatles at Fairfield for years, and had almost given up hope of ever finding any.