Now and then: The Beatles once again take The Cavern Club by storm. This early image of the band shows George, Paul and John with drummer Pete Best
By Daily Mail Reporter
Growing up in 1960s Liverpool and it would have been hard not to get swept up in Beatlemania.
But now a digital image expert has brought the Fab Four up to date by superimposing them into today images of their home town.
Mike Price merged old photographs of John, Paul, George and Ringo with present day scenes to create these fascinating montages spanning half a century.
The original: An early image of The Beatles with drummer Pete Best at The Cavern Club in Matthew Street, Liverpool
His father, also called Mike who remembers Liverpool in the 1960s well, helped his son recreate the images.
Mr Price said: 'Over the last few months I’ve done a series of 'then and now' pictures.
'My dad is great. He remembers everything in great detail - where everything was and what all the shops were called.
'It’s harder than it looks getting the angles right in each photo.
This eerie image of the The Beatles messing about with a fire extinguisher at Liverpool¿s Empire Theatre in 1964, merged with the same staircase as it is now
John Lennon as a schoolboy outside his home in Menlove Avenue with his Aunt Harriet. The house is now owned by the National Trust and is open to the public
Ringo Starr’s mother Elsie Starkey polishing her door knocker in Admiral Grove, Liverpool in 1964 (above) and as it would look today (below)
'I have to take a copy of it with me and try to stand in the exact same spot for the ‘now’ photograph as the photographer must have been for the ‘then’ image.
'Then it’s a case of trying to match the two images up in Photoshop. It’s nice to think of the history in each image as I’m putting it together.
'Liverpool is so rich in local history that there’s inspiration around every corner.'
In 1981 plans were revealed to excavate the buried remains of the Cavern Club cellar.
It would form part of a £7million redevelopment project of the former warehouse site of 8-12 Mathew Street which had housed The Cavern Club up until its closure in 1973.
The original club was knocked down in 1982 but more than 15,000 bricks from the building were saved and used to rebuild the premises using the same plans. The Cavern re-opened in 1984.
Today the club occupies 75 per cent of the first site but is deeper, meaning revellers now descend 30 steps compared to 18 steps in 1962.
The Beatles in their heyday.
Official trailer from A Hard Day's Night
Beatlemania in full swing at the Lord Warden pub Liverpool, now complete with satellite dish and advertising for Sky Sports
Blast from the past: Ringo Starr walks down Admiral Grove in the Sixties merged with how the street would look today
The original: Beatles drummer Ringo Starr pictured leaving his family home in Admiral Grove, Liverpool, during the Sixties
Beatlemania: A crowd gathers in Liverpool city centre to catch a glimpse of the Fab Four for the premiere of A Hard Day's Night in July 1964, merged with the buildings as they are today
Outside The Cavern Club in the 1960s where The Beatles started out merged with scenes from Matthew Street today in 2013