On September 19, 1934 Brian Samuel Epstein was born at 4 Rodney Street, Liverpool.
Brian Epstein for many fans was a visionary, he had a vision for four lads from Liverpool as well as many other musicians at the time; Cilla, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Fourmost, Bill J Kramer and the Dakotas and many more. Around the city of Liverpool and the world there are accolades to these musicians but there has never been an official plaque for Brian in the City of Liverpool. We recognised that there should be something out of respect. Brian's image was key, and that is the image he sold to the world for The Beatles. The Beatles' early success has been attributed to Epstein's management style, business and organisation skills and the band trusted him without hesitation.
We are a group of friends who are made up of Beatles Tour guides, Historians and Authors who meet as 'The Beatles Book Club'. We have been led and driven by Marie Darwin who has selflessly worked hard for the past two years to have a plaque in Liverpool to honour Brian Epstein's birth place.
Beatles fan and qualified tour guide, Marie Darwin, organised the memorial and successfully earned support from Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool City Council to gain planning permission for the memorial to honour Epstein, who died in 1967 aged 32.
Marie says "while I was the organiser of the plaque, I couldn't have done it alone" as individuals we all played a part, from raising funds, marketing to supporting Marie. Matthew & Elaine Price owners of CUTHBERTS BAKE HOUSE, 103 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, stayed open late to allow the book group to have their meetings at the bake house, and on 22nd February 2015 opened their doors to over 50+ guest to continue with the celebrations after the unveiling ceremony and provided an amazing buffet which included the cities traditional 'SCOUSE' with beetroot. The plaque was designed and made by FRED O'BRIEN is now firmly fixed to 4 Rodney Street, for all fans, tourist and the people of Liverpool to see.