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The "Maranatha" Coffee Bar,
the "Gospel Rhythms"
and "La Puerta"

I have no details of our booking at "The Maranatha" Coffee Bar shown on the Bookings Page for 16 February 1968.

However, in January 2006 I received this e-mail from Beryl Williams which explains a little, and also mentions the group called "The Gospel Rhythms" from Liverpool (Toxteth), and another Christian coffee bar called "La Puerta".

22 January 2006

Dear Eddiie.

I've just discovered by chance your web site and want to thank you for providing me with such great memories of the times when I watched the Crossbeats play in Merseyside.

In 1968 as a 15 year old I became a Christian through firstly being drawn by the music and coffee bar scene at the time..

A friend at school (Holly Lodge) took me and several other girls to her church - Salem Tabernacle in Toxteth - four of the boys there, Phil and Paul Wilson, Steve Taylor and Howard Williams (from Urmston) had formed a group called the "Gospel Rhythms".

We used to go to the Maranatha coffee bar on Friday evenings - Greg Hanley was the young evangelist speaker there. We also went to coffee bars in St John's in Steble Street, Wellington Road (La Puerta)and the People's Church in Everton.

Occasionally we went to the Catacombs - this was a great adventure - Manchester was a long way away in the 1960s!

The memory is fading a bit but I think that some other friends were in "Time Limited" - Pete Wildman, Albert ?? and Elaine Howard.

Once again - many thanks - for then and now.

Best wishes

Beryl Williams


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