Statue unveiled on Epstein’s anniversary

A STATUE of The Beatles manager Brian Epstein was unveiled in Liverpool last week — to coincide with the 55th anniversary of his death.

Sculpted by Andy Edwards, it is near the site of his family’s NEMS record shop in Whitechapel.

“I just feel it’s really important to mark the people who made The Beatles,” said Tommy Calderbank, from the Brian Epstein Legacy Project.

“It’s easy to celebrate the people in the limelight. It’s much harder to celebrate those who are behind the scenes.”

He added: “Brian wasn’t called the fifth Beatle for nothing. We wouldn’t really be here and have the industry we’ve got without him.”

Epstein, who died at the age of 32 from an overdose of a sedative, will have his life celebrated in new film Midas Man, where he will be portrayed by Jacob Fortune Lloyd.

As well as The Beatles, Epstein also managed Cilla Black, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, and The Moody Blues.

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