BEATLES FANS PROTEST AGAINST THE CHURCH

They're upset at plans to sell-off a piece of heritage in Liverpool...

A LIVERPOOL vicar has claimed to have received hate mail following moves to renovate a church hall where THE BEATLES are said to have been born.

According to The Independent newspaper, Canon John Roberts has received a number of letters from disgruntled Beatles fans, protesting against plans to renovate the hall at St Peter’s Church, where Paul McCartney and John Lennon met after the latter’s previous band The Quarrymen had performed there in 1957.

Speaking about the protests, Roberts said: “I have received hate mail. These people are just ignorant. I have gone out of my way to welcome Beatles fans. Most the people complaining are old Beatles fans who never darken the door of the place.”

If the renovations do go ahead, it appears likely the stage that The Quarrymen performed on will be sold.

Beatles biographer Hunter Davies is opposed to the renovation. He said: “It’s a real shame that the stage can’t be kept in situ. Keep the thing going and make it a tourist attraction, it’s a significant part of Beatles history.”

However, Roberts is keen to point out that the church “is not a museum”.

He concluded: “More than 400 people use the hall during the week including the mums and toddlers. This is not a museum, it is a living, vibrant church.”