IT was the night when the world’s biggest band came to town for a one-off concert.

Now the evening when The Beatles played their only Huddersfield date is detailed in a Beatlemania book.

Beatlemania! – The Real Story of The Beatles UK Tours 1963-1965, by Martin Creasy, features tales from fans who saw the Fab Four live.

The book includes tales from local fans who battled for a chance to see John, Paul, George and Ringo play two shows at the ABC Cinema, Market Street, on November 29, 1963.

By 1963 Beatlemania was in full swing and when the band’s first – and last – Huddersfield concert was announced at the start of November the response was typically manic.

Fans queued round the block from the cinema on Market Street overnight.

And even those who had endured a sleepless night in the cold and rain weren’t guaranteed a ticket as a stampede ensued when the box office opened in the morning.

One lucky fan mentioned in the book is Examiner librarian Stephen Carter.

Stephen, then an administration clerk, queued all night to obtain a ticket for himself and his friend Ray Jones who was in bed resting for his reserve game for Huddersfield Town the following day.

Mr Carter, 67, said: “It started to drizzle and these two lasses had a golf umbrella and a ground sheet and some blankets. They invited me in with them.

“When The Beatles were announced on stage these silly girls started screaming.

“The Beatles had said they liked Jelly Babies and so the stage was rained on with Jelly Babies.

“There was a constant cacophony of screaming. You could only tell what they were playing by watching the guitars and lip reading. You could get a bit of the beat but not the words.

“But I was there. I enjoyed the experience and my head was buzzing when we came out.”

The book details how the Mop Tops were smuggled in and out of the cinema, which was demolished in 1985.

It also contains accounts from police officers, who struggled to contain the manic fans, as well as anecdotes about an odd present John Lennon received and a future TV actor who was tasked with interviewing the Fab Four for a hospital radio programme.

The Beatles quit touring in 1965 to concentrate on recording.

Beatlemania! is available from Omnibus Press ( and book shops.