IN the early sixties, Gerry and the Pacemakers, who will be at The Courtyard next month, worked the same Liverpool/Hamburg circuit as the Beatles and many other groups before being signed in 1962 by manager Brian Epstein, his second group after the Beatles.

The following year, under the direction of producer George Martin, they burst on the scene with three consecutive No.1 hits –How Do You Do It, I Like It and You’ll Never Walk Alone – proving themselves serious competitors to the Beatles.

Over the next few years, most of the Pacemakers subsequent hits were written by Gerry Marsden, including It’s All Right, I’m the One, Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ and Ferry Cross the Mersey.

The group disbanded in 1966 but was reformed by Gerry in 1974, and they continue to tour in the UK and worldwide – “I love being on stage performing ,” says Gerry.

Gerry Cross The Mersey is a journey down memory lane with Gerry performing all the great songs from his repertoire interspersed with stories and anecdotes from his days on the road.

Gerry and the Pacemakers will be at The Courtyard on Sunday, April 13. To book, call the box office on 01432 340555 or visit