You can't beat the Beatles

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Set of Beatles stamps

If you are working, living or playing in Liverpool, you just can’t get away from the Beatles. And nor should you want to.

This morning comes the news the Fabs are finally going to get Royal Mail's stamp of approval. They will be celebrated with a New Year series of stamps featuring their album covers. These would make great addition to this 1980s reissue set of stamps featuring mug shots of the boys – a duplicate of a 1964 collectors' edition. You can view these and a ridiculous variety of other Beatles memorabilia in our online exhibition. You may remember Sam writing about this charming set of Beatles Russian dolls during the August festival.

Other ‘Beatle news of the day’ is the proposed recreation of the church fete where John Lennon and Paul McCartney met on July 6, 1957
The 50th anniversary of the event is to be marked with a service of celebration at St Peter’s Church in Woolton – although the details are still a bit sketchy.

Paul and John were introduced by a mutual friend at the church fete. Later that day John performed with his skiffle band The Quarrymen at the church hall and Paul watched from the sidelines. We were lucky enough acquire that very stage when it was gifted by the Parochial Church Council of St Peter's Church. It is likely to form a key exhibition in the new Museum of Liverpool when it opens.

As far as I'm concerned, you can't beat the Beatles. However, Queen, Oasis, Take That and The Rolling Stones are all in the running to do just that in the Great British Battle of the Bands poll running on Radio 2.The results will be broadcast on New Years' Day.

And if you're not all Beatled out after all that, you can still check out our Beatles Games.

Update: The result of the Great British Battle of the Bands is in. Apparently Queen are the nation's favourite band with the Beatles edged into second place. The Rolling Stones came third, followed by Oasis and Take That. If you want to follow the arguments, logic and voting that resulted in this dramtic outcome, you can listen to the show online