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Beatles autographs signed in a Cardiff police van up for auction

A  set of  special autographs by The Beatles with an unusual Cardiff story are up for auction.

The Beatles fan club card signed by all of the band, is to go under the auction at Rogers Jones auction house in Cardiff on March 27.

The autographs were handed out in the most unusual of places ie. in the back of a Black Maria police van after their show at The Capitol Theatre in 1965.

The performance, on December 12, is renowned as the last tour date the band would ever play in the UK.

The autographs belonged to Cardiff policeman Frank Wilson who was part of the team transporting the band to their performance in Cardiff.

When bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones came to play in the city, security was so tight they couldn’t drive into the city for the gig.

Instead, the bands went to the police station to be driven in a secure Black Maria, to avoid being mobbed. They were also ferried away from the shows in the van to avoid fans.

Former Cardiff police officer John Wakes recalled in an interview with the South Wales Echo, on May 9, 2016 that one police colleague told him that when The Beatles came to town, John Lennon was so exhausted he didn’t know where he was.

It was December 1965 and Lennon got in the back of the Black Maria and said ‘where are the kilts?’,”. “The police told him ‘you’re in Wales.

An officer got into the vehicle with The Beatles and their crew who asked him for cigarettes. He handed them out until there wasn’t one for him.

Now, the wife of Frank Wilson, who died in 2000, aged 62, is putting the autographs up for auction.

“We’ve had the autographs in the family for about 55 years now,” said Val Wilson, 82. They’ve been kept in pristine condition in an envelope”.

I remember him telling me that when they got into the van after the show they were all sweaty and smelly. The van drove up to the stage and bundled them in and they were off.

Global Autographs say to bidders “buyer beware as the Beatles roadies signed numerous autographs on the Beatles behalf, was this item pulled out of somebody’s pocket or bag or was it individually signed in the back of the van”

WIN a free Daisy Ridley Autographed Photo from Star Wars

Star Wars Autograph Universe is giving away a FREE Daisy Ridley autographed 10×8 photograph to one lucky winner in this competition.   There are three ways to enter as  listed below, you are allowed to enter all three times! Your entry will only count if you complete all the steps stated. Competition ends on February 29, 2020 at 8PM EST and the winner will be announced on our social media site. Best of luck!

3 Ways to Enter – Do All Three:


  1. Follow @swau_official on Twitter

  2. Retweet our contest (it will be pinned to the top of our page)

  3. Tweet out a photo your favourite Star Wars autographed item using #SWAURidleyContest and tag @swau_official


  1. Follow @starwarsautographuniverse on Instagram

  2. Post a photo of your favorite Star Wars autographed item using #SWAURidleyContest and tag @starwarsautographuniverse


  1. Like the @starwarsautographuniverse Facebook page

  2. Share our competition post (it will be pinned to the top of our page)

  3. Post a photo of your favourite Star Wars autographed item using #SWAURidleyContest and tag the @starwarsautographuniverse (make sure your post is public so we see it!)

Good luck and MTFBWY!

The image shown here is different to the prize on offer.



Ewan McGregor, one of the most desirable after signers for Star Wars signature collectors, will be appearing at Ace Comic Con Northeast on Saturday, March 21st. This will be at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center March 20-22nd.

This marks Ewan McGregor’s first time signing appearance at a comic convention.

The details for his appearance are listed below:

VIP Packages, Photo Ops, & Autographs will be available for purchase on December 26 at 12pm ET via Pricing is as follows:

VIP Packages: $600
Photo Ops: $225
Autographs: $225

Please note, the VIP packages for the two other headlining guests (Chris Evans and Tom Hiddleston) sold out in record time. It is expected the same will happen for McGregor.

At least two companies have been afforded private signings with McGregor while he is in Boston.

Last of the Summer Wine Characters Die within Weeks of Each Other


JULIETTE KAPLAN, who played battleaxe Pearl Sibshaw in BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine for 25 years, has died at the age of 80, as per her agent.

Kaplan appeared in 226 episodes of the show from 1985 to 2010, with the sharp-tongued Pearl trying to thwart husband Howard’s attempts to have an affair.

Juliette also appeared in Coronation Street in 2015 as Agnes Tinker.

Barry Langford thanked “everyone who sent their love and support to this fearless and supremely gifted actress”

The sad news comes after her agent announced on 31 July that she was “gravely ill”, and described her as a “very brave lady”.

Last of the Summer Wine ran from 1973 to 2010, which took a comical look at the lives of some elderly people in a Yorkshire town.


Other co-stars have paid tribute to Last of the Summer Wine and Coronation Street actress Jean Fergusson after she has died aged 74.

Jean – described as the life and soul of any gathering – was best known for playing Marina in Last of the Summer Wine and Dorothy Hoyle in Coronation Street.

She has appeared in over than 200 episodes of the classic Last of the Summer Wine over 25 years, beginning in 1985, and was widely known for her character’s long-running comedy affair with ‘Howard’, who was played by Robert Fyfe.

She was said to have been ill when friends saw her a few days before her death.

The First Western Movie Ever Made Was Shot in Lancashire

The Great Train Robbery is considered to be the first western ever made.   WRONG -WRONG -WRONG
The movie that bears the distinction of being the first cowboy ever filmed was shot in 1903. It is twelve minute long and called “The Great Train Robbery”, a silent, was an immediate hit with the public and supposedly paved the way for scores of other films set in the mythical old west.

Forget Hollywood. The world’s first Western was shot in the countryside near Blackburn Lancashire, new research has suggested.

Kidnapping By Indians was filmed in 1899, 4 years before The Great Train Robbery, which until now was widely seen as the genre’s first film.

Artist Jamie Holman made the link to Lancashire in a study of records by the British Film Institute.

Mr Holman said the information, which showed a filming location close to Blackburn, was “hiding in plain sight”.

The one-minute film is due to be shown in a public screening Blackburn, which was once home to the pioneering film makers Mitchell and Kenyon.

Mr Holman, who has researched links between the cotton industry and film history, said: “Blackburn had links to the Wild West.

“Cotton workers had worked in the USA and they told stories of the wild frontier.

“Mitchell and Kenyon would have been aware of the appetite for the Wild West at the time. Many of the stereotypes are there: the head-dress; the tomahawks.”

This one-minute movie is due to be shown at a public screening in Blackburn, which was once home to film makers Mitchell and Kenyon.

Watch the film here

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Rumoured Lineup 2019

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! returns in November 2019 – and here’s who is rumoured to be joining the jungle line-up this year

Telly anchor Kate Garraway has reportedly signed up for I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! 2019

EastEnders’ Lacey Turner is rumoured for the jungle

Olivia Attwood, The newly engaged reality star found fame on Love Island 2017

Amy Hart has admitted she’d love to do IAC, she is from Love Island

Peter Crouch former England footballer could well be jetting Down Under

Brendan Cole formerly a  Strictly Come Dancing pro

Ronnie O’Sullivan, snooker champion,  was offered a spot in the 2018 line-up

Theresa May ex Prime Minister  – surely not!

Nadine Coyle, Girls Aloud.  The Irish star is the latest celeb tipped to join the celebrity jungle next month

Ulrika Jonsson revealed her kids are excited about her IAC rumours

DJ Roman Kemp from Capital FM radio

Could Piers Morgan even survive three weeks without Twitter?

Myles Stephenson former X Factor contestant

See James Haskell under that jungle shower, Rugby player

Maura Higgins was one of the biggest stars of Love Island 2019

Jennifer Metcalfe, from Hollyoaks

And the list goes on and on and on and …..


Liverpool Football Club at Anfield Stadium, Some Facts

The club was founded in 1892 following a split from Everton F.C. and joined the Football League in 1893. … The club reached previous heights in 2005 when they won the UEFA Champions League for a fifth time.

Since they were founded in 1892, the Liverpool Football Club name was synonymous with glory. Both domestically and internationally, Liverpool is the most successful British club ever. They have won 18 League titles, 8 League Cups, 7 FA Cups, 5 European Cups and 3 UEFA Cups. They are one of the most popular football teams in the world, with over 200 supporter clubs in 50 plus  countries. And yet, their magnificent history will forever be overshadowed by two of the worst stadium disasters of all time: Heysel and Hillsborough.

After becoming a member of the Football League in 1893, the team got promoted to the first division after one season in the second division. Early on, Liverpool established themselves as one of England’s top clubs, winning League titles in 1901, 1906, 1922 and 1923.

The characteristic part of the logo is the drawing of the mythical “Liver Bird”, which is the symbol of the City of Liverpool. The same creature could also be seen as a decoration on the famous Royal Liver Building in Liverpool. In the upper part of the logo the well-known Liverpool FC motto “You’ll never walk alone” is printed.

Interested in Liverpool FC players autographs, then take a look here:



Celebrities At The London Film Fair 17th November 2019

This event is the continuation of a legacy that started back in the early seventies, and over the years have seen different names and organizers but its beginnings originate from the original Collector’s Film Conventions that were organized by Ed Mason.  Now under new management, the future of the event is locked.

They are held at the Royal National Hotel, close to Russell Square, and can have up to 5 events a year.

The conventions draw dealers from  the UK, Europe, US, Canada, Australia and South America who specialize in vintage and modern film collectibles.  Pieces cover the history of cinema from the black and white silents to the present day movies.

The London Film Fair will appeal to serious film buffs, collectors, archivists researchers and students.

A must for anyone with an interest in cinema and television


Our next show is: Sunday 17th November 2019

Celebrities attending include James Bond actors, Dr Who actors, Star Wars actors,

Bernard Cribbins, Rula Lenska, Barbara Bouchet, Maryam D’Abo, plus many more

London Palladium 2019 Pantomime Celebrities

Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Here is who the celebrities are at the London Palladium Pantomime 2019.


Julian Clary, Matt Baker, Nigel Havers, Paul O’Grady, Paul Zerdin, Gary Wilmot


Argyll Street London, W1F 7TF


Cancellation Policy

No exchange or refunds available after purchase.


Good To Know

The following performance are Access performances:

Thu 2nd Jan 730pm – Signed, Interpreted Performance

Fri 3rd Jan 7:30pm – Audio Described Performance


Suitable For Children aged 5+.   No babies in arms


When is it on

Saturday 7 December 2019 to Sunday 12 January 2020


Where is the performance

London Palladium

8 Argyll Street




More info and booking here:

X Factor Celebrities Starts on TV Saturday 12th October

THE X Factor: Celebrity show is making its welcome anticipated premiere on Saturday with  this star line-up.

From a movie star to a former Strictly Come Dancing  professional, below is the full list of famous people competing in the newly formatted show airing on ITV.

Megan McKenna the Towie star is hoping the show will give her the break she so desires.

Martin Bashir is a journalist renowned for his interview with  Princess Diana 24 years ago.

Ricki Lake is known for hosting her own show in the US from 1993 to 2004.

Victoria Ekanoye  previously on the ITV soap Coronation Street and portrayed Angie Appleton.

Jonny Labey was a former Eastender star who played Paul Coker in the BBC One show.

Olivia Olson is known for starring in Love Actually as Joanna but will try her hand at singing this time.

Hayley Hasselhoff is the daughter of Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff and is hoping her appearance will be her crack for the music industry.

Vinnie Jones who plays the “hardman” in films and TV, will take to the stage. The former footballer has previous singing experience and appeared on Top of the Pops in 2002.

Jenny Ryan is best known as one of the quiz masters on the game show  The Chase

Thom Evans, Ben Foden, Levi Davis,  these sports stars have formed a trio – Try Star – for The X Factor: Celebrity.

Sofia, Alondra, Laura, Natalie, Wendii, The social media influences  would like to be the next big girl band.

Wes Nelson, Samira Mighty, Eyal Booker, Zara McDermott, are Love Island stars.  Hope you watch it.

Max and Harvey, shot to fame on the app three years ago beleive it or not.

Brendan Cole & Jeremy Edwards Strictly Dancer and actor on Hollyoaks, Holby City.

Kevin McHale played Artie Abrams in popular TV series Glee, has signed up to appear on the show.