Photos of The Beatles taken backstage by Hessle man go on show in Hull
THE Beatles are as famous today as they were at their peak and still attract new fans even now.
At the height of the group's fame, hoarding fans would flood concert halls – some even fainting – to get a glimpse of the Fab Four.
A privileged few got to meet them backstage, including photographer Paul Berriff.
As a 15-year-old, he was granted access to the band backstage and took pictures of the four pop stars when they performed in Yorkshire.
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Having recently rediscovered the negatives, Paul has now displayed his stunning snaps at an art gallery in Hull.
"When I first met them in June 1963 they were performing in Leeds but were at the bottom of the billing list," said Paul.
"But I photographed them about six times between 1963 and 1964 and they were becoming more popular.
"All these new pop groups were coming along so I decided to use them as an opportunity to hone my photography skills."
As well as snapping The Beatles a number of time over the years in his role as a professional photographer, Paul, who lived in Hessle for 18 years, also met and pictured Roy Orbison, Mick Jagger and The Hollies.
About 18 months ago, he found the box of negatives and has displayed some of his favourites at John Street Gallery in Hull.
Paul said: "A lot of pictures are very casual ones – there is one of them smoking.
"Paul McCartney got to know me quite well and after the first occasion, he would come up and ask how my photography was going.
"He posed for me a few times. He was very forthcoming and would be the one who came up and spoke to me.
"He could obviously see the value of media, even in those early days.
"Lennon was very funny, you could never get a straight answer out of him.
"George was very quiet."
Paul, now aged 66, has travelled all over the world filming and photographing historic moments.
He survived the 9/11 attack in New York when two planes were crashed into the Twin Towers.
He was filming just 50 yards away from the base of the building as the towers collapsed and he was knocked unconscious by debris.
Paul, who is also an operations director and founder member of Humber Rescue, was also on board the first rescue helicopter to reach the Piper Alpha inferno in the North Sea.
The fire claimed 167 lives on July 6, 1988.
He has been in a helicopter crash, been blown off the side of a volcano and jumped off a sinking ship in the North Sea.
So his display of pop stars' images are some of his tamer works.
He said: "I've already had some terrific feedback from lots of people who have seen the display. It has been shown throughout the world and had a lot of media coverage, which has been fantastic.
"But showing them in Hull, in the region they were taken, was important too."
The exhibition will be on display at John Street Gallery, in John Street, until the end of January.
For more details, visit www.paulberriffproductions. com