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Unseen Beatles pictures found in photographer's attic
Beatles on stage
The pictures were taken by Paul Berriff in 1963 and 1964

Recently discovered photographs of The Beatles before Beatlemania took over will go on display at Liverpool's Beatle Story.

The black and white pictures were taken by photographer Paul Berriff during The Beatles tour with Helen Shapiro in 1963 and 1964.

They lay untouched for almost 50 years before he found them in his attic.

Berriff was 16 years old at the time and working as an editorial assistant on the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"I started to root round in my attic and I found this box of about 800 negs," Paul Berriff said.

"In it were shots of these old pop groups in '63.

"I was absolutely knocked out when I saw the quality and realised I should do something with them."

The 38 pictures show The Beatles both on and off stage including relaxing in their dressing room.

The photographs will go on permanent display at The Beatles Story at Liverpool's Albert Dock from 24 August, 2010, entry to the gallery will be free.

"I feel that the photographs are coming home to Liverpool and the Beatles Story is the most fitting place to have the images on show," Paul Berriff said.

The pictures were taken at venues across the north of England including the ABC Cinema in Huddersfield, Manchester Apollo and the Odeon in Leeds.

Paul Berriff, who took his girlfriend to the concerts with him, became a BBC cameraman and went on to pioneer 'fly on the wall' documentaries winning a BAFTA for best factual film.

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