Search

Blue plaque honouring Beatles manager Brian Epstein funded by Belsize Park man

17:08 01 July 2014

Andrew Lancel (left) and David Stark. Picture: Dieter Perry.

Andrew Lancel (left) and David Stark. Picture: Dieter Perry.

Dieter Perry

A music industry insider from Belsize Park has celebrated securing a blue plaque in honour of The Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

Brian Epstein. Picture: PA Archive.Brian Epstein. Picture: PA Archive.

David Stark, 61, who runs online songwriters’ resource SongLink International, funded the Heritage Foundation plaque and attended its unveiling at Epstein’s former offices in Sutherland House, Soho, on Sunday.

Mr Stark then hosted a celebratory lunch at the Marriott Hotel, in King Henry’s Road, Swiss Cottage, attended by some of Epstein’s former friends and TV actor Andrew Lancel, who is set to play the late impresario in a West End show opening later this month.

Epstein, who lived in Swiss Cottage upon moving to the capital from Liverpool, died at the height of The Beatles’ fame from an overdose of sleeping pills in 1967.

He was later described by Sir Paul McCartney as “the fifth Beatle”.

Mr Stark, of Belsize Crescent, said: “As a lifelong Beatles fan I’m delighted to be involved with this official commemoration of Britain’s most famous music manager.

“Epstein’s signing of the Fab Four in early 1962 developed into the greatest story in music and showbiz history.”

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 16:29
A view of the proposed development from Maygrove Peace park

The final plans for what would be one of West Hampstead’s tallest towers have been made available to the public after Camden Council submitted the planning application.

Yesterday, 16:00
Pupils dress up for Highgate Primary School's nativity play. Picture: Nigel Sutton

A primary school put its own spin on a traditional nativity play by recruiting three Marys, three Josephs and a talking donkey.

Yesterday, 15:00
La Sainte Union pupils sing Christmas carols. Picture: Dieter Perry

Schoolgirls raised their voices in song to treat a church congregation to Christmas carols at a festive concert.

Yesterday, 13:00
Camden families have been defying new government rules and taking their children on holidays during school term time. Picture: PA File.

Dozens of Camden families have defied new government rules banning pupils from going on holiday during school term time, new figures reveal.

Most read news

And they have a role to play in saving their species.

Twinkle, twinkle you little stars – thanks for making your homes so festive.

Offers for university places are at a record high.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition