For some Beatles fans, Beatles Conventions, days, weeks, festivals, call them what you like, are a crucial part of their Beatles calendars.
The No.1 festival in the UK is 'International Beatleweek Festival' organised by Cavern City Tours in the Beatles hometown of Liverpool. It's been a permanent fixture on my calendar since 1984.
A new kid on the block this year is the Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend, launched on Thursday, 19th September with a 2hr Beatles Boat Cruise aboard the 'Sabrina' on the River Severn.
The Beatles themselves played live in Shrewsbury on 4 occasions:
14th December 1962 - Music Hall, the Square
19th January 1963 - Town Hall Ballroom, Dodington, Whitchurch
28th February 1963 - Granada Cinema, Castle Gates
26th April 1963 - Music Hall, the Square
The ShrewsburyBeatles weekend was organised by the Lord Mayor of Shrewsbury, Phil 'Beatles fanatic' Gillam, Tim 'the main man' King and Colin 'music producer' Clews plus a host of other people behind the scenes.
The event promised film screenings, live music, entertaining talks, tours and special guests, all in aid of the Samaritans, Shrewsbury.