It was the same last summer in Liverpool when Gary, sporting a pair of the famous Lennon round spectacles, popped back stage to say hello to Paul McCartney after his triumphant Kings Dock concert.

McCartney glanced up, did a swift retake and muttered a series of expletives.

“People had told me for years that I looked and sounded like John but I didn’t tend to push it that much at first,” explained Gary who lives in the quiet suburb of Lostock Hall outside Preston.

Gary is now quite relaxed about the stunned reaction after nearly 25 years in show business, first with a heavy metal band and then in 1980 he formed his own outfit, Cavern.

“In a way that was probably the first of the Beatles tribute groups as we were doing it long before people like the Bootleg Beatles.”