Ken Smith: Beatles fans show love of Fab Four is all you need (From HeraldScotland)
THE woman in the Glasgow east end bar shouted out a welcoming “Come inside love!” Even although we had never met she followed that up with “Come in out of the cold, rest your head on my shoulder.”Oh wait, I shouldn’t get too excited. I recognise that strident voice. It was Cilla Black as she used to croon at the start of her television show.But wait a minute, I’m just a day tripper to the east end and was expecting a special Beatles night organised by |The Beatles Appreciation Society of Scotland no less. Surely I hadn’t taken the long and winding road to Duke Street in vain?You Beatles fans out there though would not have been fooled. Cilla’s Step Inside Love was written for her by Paul McCartney and indeed the Fab Four recorded a quick singalong version which was released on the Anthology 3 album. So we can let it be, even on a Beatles night.Talking of television, I am standing at The Duchess of Duke Street, which was the name of a TV series some years ago, and is now the moniker of a bar on said Glasgow thoroughfare at Dennistoun. It used to be an old man’s pub dating back to 1870, but was reinvented in 2014 with the walls stripped back to the original stone, welcoming staff and attempting the tricky ride-two-horses-at-once style of attracting young couples buying flats nearby without losing the more acceptable members of the traditional east end clientele.It was here that, with a little help from his friends, NHS procurement officer Tom Hosie was putting on a Beatles-themed night while trying to resuscitate the old Beatles Appreciation Society. Now Tom, like many of the people there that night, is too young to actually have seen the Beatles perform, so please, please me Tom and explain the attraction.