Do you have film of Beatles at Azena?

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I was interested in the recent media coverage of the recording of The Beatles’ Please Please Me album at Abbey Road.

I was at the Azena Ballroom, White Lane, Gleadless on February 12, 1963 where Pete Stringfellow booked the Beatles during the early stages of their rise to megastardom.

During that gig Paul McCartney announced their new single and told the fans it was the first time they had sung it live.

That single was, you guessed it, Please Please Me.

As a footnote, at that same show I saw a guy filming the show with a Super 8 film camera and recording on an early portable tape recorder.

He had several reels of film, so I am assuming he filmed a large part of the show.

If those recordings have survived someone is sitting on a very valuable piece of memorabilia.

Pete Bellamy, Ashbourne Road, S13

*Editor’s note: No footage or audio recording of the Beatles at this show has ever officially surfaced or is known to exist among collectors.

Of their eight appearance in Sheffield, this was the band’s only one at that venue.

*The Beatles Live! Project ( is a collaborative research project for a potential feature film: one that will tell the story of The Beatles’ concert tours through amateur media captured at the events.

On the website, they say: “We are interested in looking at your digitised copies of The Beatles concert-era materials, including photos, stories, and film and sound recordings.

“We will be reviewing the submitted films for possible inclusion in the potential film – we will be in touch if your material is selected for further consideration.

“You can either upload a digital version of your material, or a link to a version that is already online.

“We know that there are hidden gems out there.

“We are looking forward to working with you to find them.”