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An oak collection box from St Peter’s Church in Woolton, which has Beatles connections – £1700 at Cato Crane.

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It was here on the evening of Saturday, July 6, 1957 that, while waiting to play at the church hall dance, John Lennon and the other members of the Quarrymen skiffle group were first introduced to the young Paul McCartney.

John later said “that was the day, the day I met Paul that it started moving”.

St Peter’s has other Beatles connections.

In the churchyard are the graves of Eleanor Rigby (as featured in the song from the 1966 Revolver album) and of George Toogood Smith (Lennon’s uncle who brought him his first musical instrument, a harmonica).

Lennon’s aunt Mimi was a regular member of the congregation.

Ideal for collectors

Offered for sale at Cato Crane on August 29 with modest estimates were an oak collection box, in use at the church from 1929, a block of the wooden floor from the church hall and four pieces of coloured stained glass from a church hall window.

They sold at prices of £1700, £800 and £1200 respectively.