Albert Dock to host Beatles Valuation Event
valuation event is taking place at the Albert Dock from Sunday 6 –
Monday 7 May 2007, organised by the Albert Dock Company, the Beatles
Story and Tracks, the UK’s largest specialist of Beatles and pop
memorabilia. This is the first time the Dock has hosted a
Beatles and pop memorabilia valuation for over 14 years and experts
are looking forward to the quality and volume of collectibles that
might turn up in the Fab Four’s home city over the bank holiday.
Members of the public are encouraged to dig around in their attic
and bring along any Beatles or pop souvenirs they own for a free
valuation by the country’s experts.
The Beatles Story visitor attraction, which is based at the Albert
Dock, made the decision to stage the event after being inundated
with enquiries about Beatles memorabilia. As the world's only
Beatles-themed visitor attraction, the venue is often the first port
of call for people interested in finding out whether their Fab 4
memorabilia is authentic and how much it is worth. The
multi-award winning Beatles Story teamed up with the Albert Dock
Company and Tracks, the UK’s leading dealer in Beatles and pop
memorabilia to provide a free valuation service for local fans.
Back in 1993 Tracks and the Beatles Story staged a series of
valuations at the Albert Dock and they weren’t disappointed.
Paul Wane, Tracks Director and Beatles and pop memorabilia expert
explains:- “We’ve held valuation days on the Beatles’ trail
right across the UK but nowhere compares to Liverpool in terms of
the amount of quality memorabilia that has come out of one location.
If something great turns up it really blows you away, we’ve valued
some amazing items recently and I’m very excited about this bank
holiday event at the Albert Dock.”
Jerry Goldman, Director of the Beatles Story said:- “Our staff
receive hundreds of calls each week from Beatles fans asking if
their record sleeves or Cavern Club membership cards are worth
anything. We’re delighted to be able to host a free quotation
service for local people. I’m confident that our experts will make
some exciting finds.”
To have your memorabilia valued for free please register between
9am to 10am on either 6 May or 7 May 2007 in Anchor Courtyard at the Albert Dock
(next to The Yellow Duckmarine Tours). No entry without prior
registration. Valuations will take place between 10am to 4pm. For more
information about the valuation day visit
BANKS IN THE DOCK
THIS has been
announced that The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will look into the
"the myth" of free banking with the launch of a
far-reaching study into current account pricing.
The OFT has said that it shares public concern over the level and
incidence of penalty fees banks have been charging, but they are not
prepared to make a quick fix solution. "A quick fix solution
could be detrimental to consumers as a whole and we do not want to
do that. This wide study will examine the provision of so-called
free banking to see if customers are really getting a fair deal from
their banks. We will also look at the unauthorised overdraft and
bounced payment fees." The OFT said. The report is expected
by the end of 2007.
Campaigners have welcomed moves as they feel, like many, that the
banks have been reporting mega profits as fees climb higher and
higher, unfairly at the expense to customers.
One campaign group told the media that:- "Customers have been
seeing charges of up to £39 and in some
cases far higher for going over their agreed overdraft limit. This
is not only non-productive for the bank in the long run, as it will
drive many customers in to deeper debt, but also it is bad for the
The claims by
banks that the charges are fair are not correct as they are often
fully disproportionate, so therefore unfair and potentially
unlawful. We hope that this investigation will show the banks up for
what they are doing. Banks could save a lot of time, money and
effort if they just opened up their books. They could then show us
how they have work out their charges and prove to the UK public that
they are fair. The fact the have not done this shows the banks have
something to hide. The endless spin from the banks claiming a
reduction in charges will spell the end of so called 'free' banking
is just spin.
We are paying
for our current accounts but just not in an upfront fees and some
banks already have charges for bank accounts anyway. The charge for
a bank account is applied to businesses with out any problems, yet
they to have been hit with back fees!"
This probe comes amid fears that forcing down fees could mark an end
of "free" banking and the emergence of charges on
customers for simply opening or having a current account, such as
that which HSBC has already introduced.
John Fingleton, chief executive of the OFT issued this press
statement:- "This market study will enable us to consider
wider questions about transparency and value in the provision of
personal current accounts. This will provide the necessary context
for assessing the fairness of unauthorised overdraft and returned
item charges, before we apply the law in this area."
If you want to claim against your bank for the fees you have
click here for a copy of a simple letter.
Please send us your views as to what your views are about this
Are banks right to
charge like this?