Published Monday 24th July 2017

The Beatles said you can’t buy them love, but they are set to buy one fan and her Hospice a significant sum.

Fab Four fan Carole Shallcross brought a Beatles programme from 1963, signed by Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr, to the first ever Antiques on the Terrace at St Michael’s Hospice.

And it didn’t take valuer Bill Lacey long to work it out and estimate the item was worth between £2,000 – £3,000.

Carole has since agreed for Bill to sell the item through his employers, Fieldings, with half its selling price to be donated to St Michael’s.

‘Back in 1963, when I was living in North Wales, I went to see them when they were at Llandudno,’ said Carole.

‘My uncle was a doorman at the venue. He got me in every night to see them.

‘He would go up to their dressing rooms and get their signatures for me.

‘I couldn’t believe it when I was told how much it was worth. I thought it would be about £50.’

Bill, who was one of three valuers from Stourbridge-based Fieldings Auctioneers, has a close connection to St Michael’s because his late father was cared for there.

He says he thoroughly enjoyed Antiques on the Terrace.

‘It was a great day with a wide array of items brought in, including the Beatles memorabilia,’ he said.

‘We hope that item will raise a lot at auction, with half of the proceeds set to come to the Hospice, which is a very generous gesture.

‘We’d like to thank everyone for attending. It’s a pleasure to have helped St Michael’s out.’