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The Duchess of Cornwall visits Liverpool

4th April 2012

The Duchess of Cornwall recalled Beatlemania today as she enjoyed a tour of the award-winning Beatles Story attraction and unveiled a plaque to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Fab Four.

Her Royal Highness reminisced about the "screaming fans" as she watched a short performance by a Beatles tribute band during a trip down memory lane in Liverpool.

The Duchess was greeted at the attraction by a crowd waving Union Jack flags and by a member of staff dressed in a Sgt Pepper costume.

In the Cavern area of the attraction The Duchess watched a short performance by tribute band The Mersey Beatles before moving on to the discovery zone, where she met pupils from Liverpool's St. Vincent De Paul primary school.

Her own Beatles memories came flooding back when she visited the Beatlemania exhibit, adding: "Yes, I remember all the screaming fans. I remember it well."

The visit concluded with the unveiling of the 50th anniversary plaque specially commissioned for the occasion.

Jerry Goldman, managing director of the Beatles Story, said: "It is a great honour to offer Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall a warm welcome as she visits the birthplace of The Beatles during our wonderful 50th anniversary celebration year.

"We hope that she will gain a lot of pleasure from visiting the exhibition and finding out even more about the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band."

Later, The Duchess met members of the Young Mums, Young Dads and Young Mums to Be groups during a visit to the Teenage Pregnancy Peer Mentoring Programme at the Tranmere Community Project, Tranmere Methodist Church, Wirral.

Her Royal Highness was accompanied by MP Frank Field before moving on to meet clients and staff during a visit to the Wirral Credit Union to mark its 20th anniversary.

In her final engagement of the day The Duchess met members of The Friends of Reynolds Park in Woolton and officially open the new Diamond Jubilee Gates.

The gates were provided by The Friends of Reynolds Park after one was stolen last year.