Rare photos of The Beatles in Huddersfield will be displayed 50 years after they were taken

Fifty years to the day that The Beatles played in Huddersfield, rare photographs of the band will go on display

Beatles exhibition preview at the Helen J. Bray Studio in Holmfirth - Helen pictured with the window display for the forthcoming exhibition
Beatles exhibition preview at the Helen J. Bray Studio in Holmfirth - Helen pictured with the window display for the forthcoming exhibition

Music fans have a new date for their diary.

Fifty years to the day that The Beatles played in Huddersfield, rare photographs of the band will go on display.

Trevor Bray, a photographer from Holmfirth, took the black and white photos of the Liverpool group on November 29, 1963, before they performed at the ABC Cinema.

Mr Bray died in 2006 aged 76 without knowing the significance of his pictures.

It was only in recent years that his daughter, Helen who is also a photographer, decided to do something with them.

She said: “We spent the year working on these pictures.

“And we thought it was about time they came back home as they have never been on display here.”

In 1963 The Beatles were on the verge of stardom – but Mr Bray was only there as he was commissioned to take photographs of the band before they went on stage.

He took a mixture of individual and band portraits.

Trevor Bray
Trevor Bray
 

And his daughter said: “My dad was struggling to take the photos with people milling around them. He found it quite difficult.”

In 1965 he took photographs of the original The Rolling Stones when they played in Huddersfield and they will also be on display.

The photos are in demand and are currently on display exclusively at Bloomingdales in New York – and after they will be going to a gallery in Las Vegas.

Helen added: “My dad would not have believed that they are there at Bloomingdales.”

There are about 20 photographs in the exhibition at the Helen J Bray Studio in Holmfirth and they will be open to the public on November 30.

 
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