THE BEATLES superfan Jacquie Graham reveals the crazy story of how she met the Fab Four – but whatever happened to the panda toy she gave John Lennon?
November 20th 1963. The Beatles superfan Jacquie Graham was sixteen years ago and couldn’t get a ticket to the Fab Four’s show in Manchester. Nevertheless, she’s revealed to Express.co.uk in an exclusive interview how she ended up meeting The Beatles thanks to her panda toy. Jacquie can’t quite recall why she had the plush animal with her, but she and her friends tried their luck at the concert venue. She said: “We got to the Apollo. Knocked on the stage door and this chap came out and took the Panda.”
Jacquie continued: “He just took it out of our hands and shut the door.
“We were absolutely furious. Very, very upset.”
As a result, the girls took a taxi to the Daily Mirror in Manchester and explained to the paper what had happened.
They ended up back at the Apollo with a photographer, who managed to get into the venue and retrieve the panda toy – but that’s far from the end of the story.
Jacquie revealed: “And the next thing we know, we’re invited into the foyer of the Apollo.
“We were interviewed and then led off to another room and they were there!
“Obviously I don’t remember it in fantastic detail as it was all a blur.
“It’s all just too wonderful, like a dream. We were all just lost for words. John and Ringo gave me a kiss on each cheek.
“I can remember them fooling around and throwing the panda about.”