On This Day 1963: Beatlemania Hits Ormskirk

Beatles 1963

Forty-seven years ago the biggest band in the world visited Edge Hill’s Ormskirk campus for an intimate gig at the Student Union bar. Few photos or other details of the night remain but if you were there, share your memories in the comments!

Update: okay, maybe this isn’t quite true but soon we’ll have a guest post about a band which really did play at Edge Hill College!

The Princess

We’ve featured the Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to campus and now it’s the turn of the sister-in-law. These photos were taken by the Ormskirk Advertiser – they had “PROOF” stamped on the back – so please don’t sue me for publishing them.

I’m sure everyone Princess Margaret met was carefully selected and I particularly like the clich├ęd bearded-scientist-with-bunsen-burner:

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The Duke

Duke of Edinburgh

Why bother finding my own interesting clips from the archives when you can get the Ormskirk Advertiser to do the hard work for you? This photo was featured in the LookBack column on Thursday 24th April 2003 and is captioned:

In this week’s dip into our pictorial archives we wonder if anyone remembers the time when Prince Philip was taken to the cleaners. Literally. As part of a visit to Edge Hill college the Duke of Edinburgh stopped to chat to the college cleaners as he made his royal progress through the grounds.

Cryptically there is no further information than this leaving us to wonder when it was from (1960s?) and what exactly he’d said to make the cleaners stare at him so intently.