By: Renee Grant
A piece of film from 1958 may hold the first footage of the Beatles ever caught on camera. Paul McCartney‘s brother Michael has confirmed the findings to the Liverpool Echo newspaper.
The video, a police recruitment film, features scenes from the annual police horse and dog show. At one point in the video, people can be seen watching the show from a rooftop and Michael says those people are himself, Paul, and John Lennon.
“That could definitely be us,” he tells the Echo. “It was a really big occasion in Liverpool and that’s what we used to do every summer – take deck chairs and climb onto the concrete shed and watch a free show.
“I think there is every chance John would have been there that year – absolutely. His friend, Pete Shotton, was a police cadet. And George could easily have been there, too. It’s bloody mad – absolutely fascinating and unbelievable!”
The film was recently discovered by Peter Hodgson and is now available on YouTube. Hodgson told the newspaper, “They are seen, stood on top of their outside toilet roof, watching the annual police horse and dog display. I love watching old films about Liverpool on YouTube and I made the connection with Forthlin Road when I saw the Mather Avenue police show footage. Then I worked out which house was the McCartneys’ and thought, ‘Bingo!’ I nearly fell off my chair when I saw it.”
McCartney once talked about watching the show yearly from his rooftop in a biography written by Barry Miles. In it, McCartney recalls, “We used to sit on the concrete shed in the back yard and watch the police show every year for free,” Paul remembered. “One year, Jackie Collins came to open it and we were entranced at the sight of her comely young figure.”
The scene comes at about 34:33 in the film, which you can watch below.