THE BEATLES played the Princess Theatre in Torquay on August 18, 1963, and were watched by die hard fan and friend of the band Rowena Houghton, who later went on to run their fan club for the west country.
"I recall almost bursting with excitement," she said when talking about the concert.
"Although we all loved their music no one actually listened as it was more important to jump up and down and scream throughout their performance.
"Such a shame really but that's what teenagers did and to us, it was just unbelievable that John, Paul, George and Ringo were only a few feet away.
"They could have sung the telephone directory and I feel sure we would still have been ecstatic."
The day of the concerts in the Bay, the band travelled from Llandudno.
"I went to both shows. I knew someone who let me go in upstairs and watch the first show through a porthole in the window and for the other concert I had tickets," she said.
"As soon as the four lads from Liverpool set foot on stage the incessant screaming began drowning out their singing and it was very difficult to realise what indeed they were hoping for us to hear," she said.
"I do recall the songs they included were their two hits and several from the Please, Please Me album.
"To our absolute delight we were treated to the then not released 'She Loves You', their fourth single.
"The screaming reached a crescendo of deafening proportions, the sparks just flew and the fans went wild, you had to be there to experience the euphoria and the magic of it all.
"Every second of that concert was precious and we all wanted it to go on forever. We all went home that night with happy hearts, ears ringing and sore throats together with a fantastical story of that unforgettable experience that is now 50 years ago.
"I don't remember having a favourite member of the group, but at the time I was screaming for Paul and George, but as I became older and wiser I just loved them all as they had individual qualities."
Rowena's love for the Beatles started early in their career and she was 'smitten'.
She first got to meet the group when they were staying 'secretly' at the Imperial Hotel, Torquay, in between concerts at Plymouth and Exeter a few months after they played the Princess Theatre.
She and her two friends went to the hotel during school time, which nearly got them expelled from school.
"We went to registration in the morning and as I couldn't smuggle any clothes out we went to the hotel in our convent school uniform. We were found out because the Herald Express reported that we were there and that got us into trouble," she said.
"As we walked through the town we saw a Herald Express poster saying 'Three schoolgirls cut school to meet The Beatles', so we knew we were going to get told off. The mother superior looked like she was going to burst when we got back to the school.
"I said I was ill and my friends took me home, at which point I noticed she had her hands behind her back and then she revealed the newspaper and said 'it's you girls isn't it that are in the paper'. Of course you can't lie to a nun so we owned up."
A couple of years later Rowena was chosen to be the area secretary of the Beatles' official fan club.
"The fan club had grown to enormous proportions and their headquarters in Liverpool decided to split it up into county areas," said Rowena, who classes songs such as All my Loving and Long and Winding Road as her favourite songs.
"I started looking after Devon and eventually took over Somerset, Cornwall, Wiltshire and Dorset. My chief job was to write the Beatles newsletters, answer their mail, phone calls and organise competitions.
"They were incredibly busy years, but such fun at the same time. I loved every moment and there were special days of high excitement when a card, gift or invitation to meet them arrived in the post.
"Unfortunately at the time, no cameras were allowed so I have no photographs with them."
Along the way she got invited to pre-screenings with The Beatles and even received a telegram from the group when she got married.
She has many autographed goodies which she keeps in a 'safe place'.
"I can't place a value on the memorabilia I have. When I received the birthday cards and Christmas cards there was never a notion of selling them on as they've become part of my life. My friends have said 'sell some of it, you could buy yourself something', but I never could."
One of the highlights was being invited to London to a pre screening of the Magical Mystery Tour where she got to meet her idols.
While on the Magical Mystery Tour, Rowena should have been on the coach which got stuck on New Bridge near Poundsgate, but never made it.
"It was my mum and dad's fault, they never liked The Beatles, and thought they were long haired louts from Liverpool," said Rowena.
"They had no appreciation of what I was doing, which was a shame.
"Unbeknown to me, the phone went while I was out and I had been chosen with some other area secretaries to be picked up when The Beatles were on their way from London on the tour. There was a seat reserved for me on the coach, but my parents never told me about the call.
"Now when I watch the Magical Mystery Tour I see the empty seat and think to myself I could have been there.
"It wasn't until some time later I was asked why I didn't go and why I hadn't got back to them."
To this day, The Beatles still remember Rowena.
"To my absolute delight Paul must have recognised me when I sat in the second row for his Millennium Stadium concert in Cardiff, three years ago. He pointed a finger at me making a rather nice comment. I was very chuffed," she said.
"I hate people saying he's lost it after his faux pas at the Olympics. If they go to see his concerts they'll realise his voice is still there and he's got such energy."
Looking back, she enjoyed a teenage life most fans could have only dreamed of.
"I realised how suddenly they brought a rainbow of colour and excitement to what had been a relatively monochrome and subdued world, not only with their music but in fashion and design too," she said.
"Those four boys were a cultural and musical phenomena and it was as though they were destined to burst like bright shining stars into our lives, our imaginations and our hearts.
"In 1962 they changed the world forever, making music that was so original, universal and has become, since those days, absolutely timeless."