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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 October, 2004, 20:37 GMT 21:37 UK
Missing Beatles film discovered
Paul McCartney, November 1964
The archive has footage of the band's Magical Mystery Tour
Rare footage of the Beatles visiting the South West in the 60s has been found after being lost for 40 years.

The film had been archived under the wrong heading and was found by staff at the South West Film Archive in Plymouth in a sports section.

The footage shows press interviews, filmed during the Fab Four's visit to Plymouth in 1964.

Elayne Hoskin, the archive director, thinks the film may have been removed in the 1970s for a news programme.

She said: "The only thing we can think is the material which was shot in November 1964 might have been taken out when there were reports of the Beatles possibly splitting up in the early 70s, and dropped into a news programme."

The South West Archive also has footage of the band's visit to the South West as part of the Magical Mystery Tour.



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