ANYONE with memorabilia relating to The Beatles - and a particular day in 1963 - could be sitting on a small fortune.
A collection of items dating to the day the young mop-haired foursome caused chaos at Northwich Carnival is due to go under the hammer at Bonham's the auctioneers in Knightsbridge, London, next week - and is expected to bring between £800 and £1,000.
The lot comprises an album signed by John, George and Ringo with the word 'Beatles' added in an unknown hand, together with a copy of a photo, plus newspaper clippings and background details.
One of those who witnessed it all and had hoped to get an autograph herself is Barbara Turner, secretary and former chairman of the present carnival committee.
Barbara was on the stage as a member of the queen's retinue and had to be rescued when fans surged forward to get a better view of their idols.
'I was only about nine at the time and remember how expected I felt to be there in front of all these people,' she said.
'Then suddenly The Beatles appeared and the crowds surged forward. We all got jostled and in the chaos I got knocked on the nose, and blood started dripping down my dress.
'Someone managed to lift me off the stage and it was all a bit of a blur after that, although I do remember the carnival officials and the police forming a human chain to try and keep the fans back.
'There was no fighting or anything they were just so excited to see the Beatles. But because of all that happened I didn't manage to get an autograph, although I did take my autograph book with me.
'It was certainly a day we will never forget and nothing like it has happened before or since.'
This year's carnival is expected to be a far more peaceful affair. It is being held at Verdin Park on Saturday, July 7, with Northwich mayor Brian Cooke performing the crowning honours.
During the years Brian and his wife Dee have raised many thousands of pounds for local charities playing comic characters king and queen carnival.