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The Autumn London Beatles Day 2018

RECORD & CD FAIR & LONDON BEATLES DAY
Saturday 20th October 2018

The Autumn London Beatles Day & Record & CD fair in Ealing (West London W5 2XA) is only a couple of weeks away now. Make sure the date is on your diary !

It will be good to see you at the London Beatles Day (including all artists Record & CD fair) which will take place on SATURDAY 20th October 2018 – it all takes place at The Christ Saviour Church Hall In the heart of Ealing in West London on New Broadway (which runs into the Uxbridge Road) London, W5 2XA,

The event is FREE ADMISSION to all – Doors open from 10am to 4 pm.

The day will feature the usual great selection of EVERYTHING Beatles, new & second hand Records, LPs & 7”, books, CDs, DVDs & books, posters and much more! – There will be CRATE LOADS OF BEATLES VINYL! – at great prices in great condition…  forget the overpriced London shops get down to the LONDON BEATLES DAY you will not be disappointed… Plenty of boxes of vinyl in great condition for Beatles crate digging… Plenty of new items since the last event….

There will also be a very good selection of Non Beatles items for sale, some great vinyl , New CDs @ discounted prices as well as a great selection of new & second hand vinyl including The Stones, Kinks, The Who, and a great selection from Punk to Soul…

The venue is situated on the main road served by plenty of buses & only a 5-minute walk from Ealing Broadway Station (Central & District lines tube & main line station) plenty of food & drink options in the area. The event will be open from 10am to 4pm.  The Beatles Day & Record fair will be in the Church Hall which is situated behind the main church look out for our signs … Cheap car parking is close by, remember admission is FREE!

We look forward to seeing new & existing collectors & fans – don’t forget it’s FREE to come in…

Please remember on a Saturday there is NO congestion charge in London

For more details please see :  www.beatlesdays.com

Or Tel : 07801 564622  or 07785 923695

 

Beatles Walking Tours of London!

From Trip Adviser

Magical mystery tour – Beatles walking tour with Richard Porter

It was a fantastic tour that was very insightful and enlightening. It featured very famous sites such as Abbey road and the Apple records building on Savile Row as well as more peculiar sites that would be invisible to the untrained eye. Richard is a fantastic tour guide who has a wealth of knowledge about the beatles as well as the culture of the sixties. Very interesting stories, aided by his booklet of photos relevant to each site. As an avid Beatles fan this was amazing but dont worry if you aren’t the biggest beatles fan, you will still enjoy this insight into the biggest band ever and the culture they both grew in and shaped.

For more details of my tours go to http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

October 2nd 2012 – Paul McCartney, Victor Spinetti, and a Magical Mystery Tour

October 2nd 2012 – a day I will never forget. A day I attended 2 very memorable events, with Paul McCartney at both!!

The afternoon was the memorial service to Victor Spinetti at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. Victor had died a few weeks before. I had got to know Victor quite well through various Beatles conventions, and interviewed him for the British Beatles Fan Club at the City Barge pub, that features in Help! I later found out that my birth mother was born only a mile or so from Victor in South Wales, and used to buy fish and chips in the Spinetti family’s fish and chip shop!

Victor had a profound effect on me, especially when I first met him at the 1981 Beatles Convention in Liverpool. I was very sad to hear about his passing, and was determined to attend his memorial service. I rang the church a few days before and told of my family connection, and was invited along.

I was amazed when I got there to see so many famous faces.

It was a lovely occasion, moving at times, but in the main, a wonderful fun celebration of Victor’s life. The tone was set by Fr. Simon Grigg, who said that during his life, Victor was an atheist – but now he knows different!
The programme was a mixture of song and readings, plus very nice tributes to Victor from Barbara Windsor and Jim Davidson.
The musical highlight was Michael Ball singing ‘In My Life’. As he put it, with one of the composers sitting feet away from him.
Fenella Fielding read John Lennon’s poem, Fat Budgie, to celebrate Victor’s collaboration with John on the play ‘In His Own Write’.
Paul McCartney arrived at the church just before the service started. It seems that he initially didn’t think he was going to make it, and sent a written tribute to be read out. Instead he read it himself.
He remembered at one of the Beatles first meetings with Victor, he told them to look at a cloud in the sky and that he would make it go away – and it did! Paul said that, when thinking of Victor that morning, he tried to do the same thing. However the cloud he got didn’t go away, it just got bigger and bigger. Paul joked that it was actually Victor.

Barbara Windsor, who was one of Victor’s best friends, remembered when they were both in a touring stage show, and due to lack of rooms, had to share a bed in a hotel. Barbara, then the ‘sex bomb’ of the ‘Carry On’ films etc, said she never felt so safe in her life! Of course, Victor was gay.
The service lasted about an 75 minutes and we left the church to a recording of the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour.
Afterwards I was mingling outside, when Paul McCartney came up to me, shook my hand and said “Hi Richard, how are you going, haven’t seen you for a while.” It’s nice he remembers me :>)

Although everyone was sad about Victor’s passing, the service was very funny in places – and Fr. Grigg said at the end that he’d never heard so many ‘F’ words in a church before!
A lovely service for a lovely man.

A section of the service – including Paul  McCartney’s speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFfsPFkjTEQ&playnext=1&list=PL03C5D18AB9E99DCF&feature=results_video

You can see me in the audience at about 7 mins 4 seconds :>)

A report on the service http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2211815/Actor-Victor-Spinetti-star-Beatles-films-died-aged-82-cancer-battle.html

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Paul McCartney arriving at St Paul's Church
Paul McCartney arriving at St Paul’s Church

Attending the service would have been a highlight of most day’s – but mine didn’t end there. That evening, I attended a special gala screening of Magical Mystery Tour. I was the guest of Jeni Crowley, who was on the original Magical Mystery Tour coach, and appears in the film. Sitting with us were Sylvia Bodhi Hillier, and Leslie Cavendish, who were also on the coach, and Roy Benson, who edited the film.
Amongst the celebrities in the audience were Liam Gallagher, Paul Weller, Neil Innes, David Walliams, Peter Asher, Barry Miles, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, Mark Lewisohn, and Joe Boyd. Paul McCartney was there too, and gave a short speech before the screening. He seemed surprised to see me again so soon :>) I was sitting right in front of Liam Gallagher, and I could hear him singing along to I am the Walrus.
At first we saw the BBC ‘Arena’ programme about the making of Magical Mystery Tour, and after a short break, the film itself. Magical Mystery Tour looked and sounded great on a big screen, and it was wonderful seeing it with so many of the people that appeared in it.

…A Day in the Life!!!

Pic I took of Paul with Liam Gallagher at the screening of Magical Mystery Tour
Pic I took of Paul with Liam Gallagher at the screening of Magical Mystery Tour

 

Paul McCartney reveals John Lennon’s fear to 60 Minutes

The Beatle also talks about worrying, songwriting, and how even his famous bandmate was insecure

He’s a rock star, a music legend with dozens of platinum albums — a Beatle. But even after more than 50 years behind the microphone, Paul McCartney still has self-doubt.

“I think if you care about what you’re doing, if you really want to get it right, then you’ve got to deal with insecurities,” he tells 60 Minutes correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi in the video above. “It’s what makes it right.”

In a candid, wide-ranging interview this week on 60 Minutes, McCartney admits a few things. For starters, he doesn’t know how to read or write music — surprisingly, none of the Beatles did.

When it comes to handling his stardom, McCartney says he won’t take a selfie with people who approach him, though he will chat with them.

Given the number of people who stop him on the street, McCartney must have a lot of chats

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