Sutcliffes will revive Beatlemania for Comox Valley Canada Day festivities

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four.

It was in 1962 that John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney added Ringo Starr to their band and became the Beatles. Their first song, Love Me Do, was an instant hit and they were on their way to stardom.

The Beatles were the most and critically acclaimed act in the history of popular music! Their popularity brought recognition to America of many British artists.  They had a great run from 1962 to their breakup in 1970.

The Courtenay July 1st Committee is bringing the 50th anniversary celebration to Courtenay. The theme for this year’s Comox Valley Canada Day is Salute to the ’60s. Beatlemania will be in full force in Simms Millennium Park on June 30.

The committee has invited the Sutcliffes (named for one-time Beatle bassist Stu Sutcliffe) from Victoria to play the Nite Before Concert this Saturday evening.

The night will start with a Beatle Look Alike Costume Contest at 7. Lots of prizes will be awarded for individual contestants and great prizes will also be for the best foursomes, too. Listen to 97.3 the Eagle for all details. Plan on coming to the concert in costume for extra fun.

At 7:30 the Sutcliffes will hit the stage. The band will bring all the fire, showmanship and energy that we all remember from the ’60s into Simms Park.

The concert is a free night of great entertainment. Families are encouraged to bring the kids, too, as Nadia will be on hand to make fantastic balloon art for them.

The July 1st Committee will provide the whole night free of charge.

Check out all events for Canada Day in Courtenay at

— July 1st Committee