Did you see The Who in Great Yarmouth?

PUBLISHED: 16:59 20 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:59 20 October 2016

Advert in the Yarmouth Mercury for The Who playing at the Britannia Theatre. Date: 24 Jun 1966.

Advert in the Yarmouth Mercury for The Who playing at the Britannia Theatre. Date: 24 Jun 1966.


A Manchester author is looking for people who may have seen legendary rock band The Who play in Great Yarmouth in the 1960s.

The band, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon, were famed for smashing guitars and drum kits and for headline grabbing off-stage antics that included wrecking hotel rooms and crashing a Rolls Royce into a swimming pool.

And author Richard Houghton is trying to trace fans that may have witnessed some of the earliest performances of the group, including their appearances in Yarmouth in 1965 and 1966 to help him write a “people’s history” of the group.

Richard, who has written books about The Beatles and Rolling Stones, said: “The Who played Great Yarmouth six times, four times in 1965 and twice in 1966, including a run of shows at the Britannia Theatre in August 1965 and a performance at the Tower Ballroom.

“By the time of that last performance, they had had a string of top ten singles, including Substitute, My Generation and I Can’t Explain. They were a must-see live act at the time and famed for smashing their instruments on stage. I’m hoping some of your readers may have witnessed one of the shows. People who were teenagers in the 60s will have some great memories of these evenings which I’d like to capture in order to preserve the history of a golden age of pop.

You can share your memories of The Who at or by writing to Richard at 1 Totnes Road, Manchester, M21 8XF.

Please share your memories with the Mercury as well; email

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