Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel has unveiled a Blue Plaque to celebrate the life of Beatles manager, Brian Epstein.
The Southport actor is due to resume his role Brian in the play Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles, when the production opens in London’s West End at the end of July.
The Heritage Foundation Blue Plaque was unveiled at Sutherland House, at 5/6 Argyll Street, next door to the London Palladium.
The property was the base of Epstein's company NEMS Enterprises, which occupied offices on the fifth floor of the building from the height of Beatlemania in 1964 until shortly after his death in August 1967 at the age of 32.
Also at the ceremony yesterday were actress Vicki Michelle, President of the Heritage Foundation, and Geoffrey Ellis, who became Chief Executive Administrator of NEMS Enterprises Ltd and was based in the building from 1964 to 1967.
In a message to the event's organisers, Sir Paul McCartney said: "I know Brian would have been very proud to think that he had earned a Blue Plaque in the West End of London.
"He played a very important role in guiding the career of us Beatles and more than that he was a lovely man whose friendship we all valued and who I will always remember with great fondness. Congratulations Brian. Love from Paul McCartney."
Lancel said “I am truly honoured to have been part of the official party to unveil a prestigious Blue Plaque in Brian’s honour.
"Brian was a pioneer who worked tirelessly for his artists, and what he achieved was remarkable.
"It is very fitting there is now a permanent reminder to recognise his contribution to the world music scene."
The former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel has been found not guilty of charges of indecently assaulting a 15 year old boy.
The jury at Liverpool Crown Court cleared him after deliberating for under half an hour.
Matt O'Donoghue reports
Speaking to the legal team of former Corrie actor Andrew Lancel, Judge Clement Goldstone QC said:
The defendant was acquitted on the evidence, and rightly so, but it is important that the complainant who is clearly scarred by an experience, should understand that the jury verdicts does not necessarily involve rejection of his account of a sexual encounter or encounters with the defendant.
It is a statement that the prosecution have failed to make the jury sure that abuse of the type alleged occurred during the period covered by the indictment and in particular before the complainant's 16th birthday, now more than 18 years ago.
Andrew Lancel was cleared of four charges relating to the 15-year-old boy dating back to 1994. The jury took just 29 minutes to clear the star of all counts.
Andrew Lancel bit his lip and looked to the ceiling as his wife Louise burst into tears in the public gallery when the verdict was delivered at Liverpool Crown Court. The actor was charged last November.
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