Take a look at Liverpool’s former Reece’s Ballroom where John Lennon married Cynthia

Developer Caro Developments is about to convert the upper floors of the Parker Street building, which in 1962 hosted the wedding of John and Cynthia Lennon to apartments. Tony McDonough reports.

The former Reece's Ballroom where John Lennon married his first wife Cynthia. Picture by George Ellis
The former Reece’s Ballroom where John Lennon married his first wife Cynthia. Picture by George Ellis

In 1962 the Reece’s Ballroom in Liverpool city centre became part of Beatles folklore when it was a venue for the wedding of John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia.

The ballroom, in Parker Street, has long since closed and the ground floor is now home to national retail chain Superdrug.

Liverpool developer Caro Developments is about to convert the upper floors to apartments but it has released a selection of images highlighting the venue’s rich history.

The ballroom is part of Liverpool's history. Picture by George Ellis
The ballroom is part of Liverpool’s history. Picture by George Ellis
Original signage has been uncovered. Picture by George Ellis
Original signage has been uncovered. Picture by George Ellis

As well as photographs, preparation work also uncovered fascinating insights into the history of the building including original tickets, dance cards and posters.

A leaflet advertising a beauty contest revealed that the event at the ballroom was attended by cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubenstein.

The facade of the neo-classical building in Parker Street will be preserved. Picture by George Ellis
The facade of the neo-classical building in Parker Street will be preserved. Picture by George Ellis
The building will be converted into apartments. Picture by George Ellis
The building will be converted into apartments. Picture by George Ellis

The developers aim to stay true to the buildings design with no changes being made to the original façade.

Lee Darwen, operations director at Caro Developments, said: “It was so exciting for us to see what was left of the former ballroom and we felt it was very important to share the photographs as a piece of Liverpool’s history.

“We are excited to begin to transform the site into luxury residential apartments and bringing back to life another one of the cities great buildings.”

Some of the old signage remains. Picture by George Ellis
Some of the old signage remains. Picture by George Ellis
One of the old staircases in the building. Picture by George Ellis
One of the old staircases in the building. Picture by George Ellis

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