Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside landmarks, buildings, streets and events from bygone days with how they look today.

Our main image this week shows fans queuing for tickets to see the Beatles at the Liverpool Empire in November 1963.

Policewomen are helping to keep the youngsters in what seems to be a good humoured line. They’ve been there some time as a fair amount of debris has built up on the pavement.

The Beatles were frequent performers at the Empire during the 1960s. They recorded shows there as well as playing live gigs. The popular TV panel show Juke Box Jury, compered by David Jacobs, was filmed at the Empire a month later in December 1963.

The Empire sealed its place in Beatles’ history on Sunday December 5th 1965 when the Fab Four gave their last performance in Liverpool at the theatre.

Predictably, the event was hugely over-subscribed. Around 40,000 fans applied for tickets – more than 17 times the Empire’s capacity of 2,250.

Beatles queue Empire 1963
Britain's Got Talent in Liverpool
As a result, the Beatles decided to perform two concerts on the day. They belted out 11 classic tracks including Nowhere Man, I Feel Fine and Yesterday.

Paul McCartney even played the drums with Merseyside support band the Koobas. Like the Fab Four, the band had honed their act in the clubs of Hamburg.

Our modern image from January 2016 shows a version of the Beatles from their Sergeant Pepper days back outside the Empire in a publicity stunt for the Britain’s Got Talent auditions with Simon Cowell.

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