Dear Miss England




“It was magic, it was the first time we’d left the country. Especially going on our own on a boat train and not knowing what we were going to see or do or where we were going to stay. But when we got there it was just fantastic we had the greatest time.”

Cynthia Lennon on her trip to Hamburg – Drawing by Klaus Voormann






“Those guys’ inability to express love for one another was classic. The exception is Ringo, who says [in the film], ‘I love George, and George loved me.’ That wouldn’t have been so easy for Paul. (..) Paul had to admit that he didn’t know ‘All Things Must Pass,’ and that was an awful thing to confront. It was huge humble-pie stuff for Paul to be among these people who he may have thought had a better relationship with George than he did. But I believe Paul missed George as much as — if not more than — anybody.”

Eric Clapton.

How cool am I?


“This picture blows me away. I mean, it’s just me with my mum and my step-dad – Elsie and Harry – outside our house in Admiral Grove, Liverpool. But I’m wearing Birkenstocks sandals! How cool am I? Birkenstocks, ha ha ha ha! In those days! When I saw that picture I was like, ‘What? Where did you get them?!’ Anyway, there they are. We were just having a bit of fun outside the house. We moved in there in 1945 and I lived there until I was 23 and moved to London.” – Ringo Starr

July 15th, 1958

tumblr_mpzc83RSnE1soa8c1o1_500“He didn’t talk about his Mum to anybody but me,” says Cynthia. “It shattered his life. He often said how terrible it was that he’d lost her just at the time she was becoming his best friend. I could see the feeling welling up deep inside him. I’d say: “Come on, John. I want to know all about you.” And he’d shake his head as if to say no. It was obviously too painful for him to open up very much” (Cynthia Lennon)

There was a spark going round.



“I thought they were a scruffy load of louts. Lennon was wearing leather jacket, jeans and cowboy boots, hair quiffed. Same with McCartney. We were wearing V-necked red sweaters. They just looked so confident, and rock’n’roll. They had a sex appeal that us, in our V-necked jumpers, just didn’t. The first thing I noticed [when The Beatles started playing] was the noise. Pete Best playing fours on the bass drum. I thought Hang on, he’s not doing it like you’re trained to. It was so powerful. They’d just turned up everything louder. They did Long Tall Sally, Red Sails In The Sunset … The audience were dancing, then suddenly they stopped. There was a spark going round. You could feel it. There was a slow movement towards the stage. People just stood and watched. Boys and girls, just stood there, watching this band jumping on chairs, doing Chuck Berry stuff backwards and forwards across the stage, absolute crackers. Suddenly you realised, there something happening here. A generation’s moving. You can either jump on it, or watch it go by.” (John McNally, guitarist and vocalist of Johnny Sandon and The Searcher, talking about the show on December 27, 1960, at Litherland Town Hall Ballroom, near Liverpool)

They kept us grounded


“We were very fortunate to have such great parents. They kept us grounded. Even when George became a public figure, as did I, so to speak, my parents would receive thousands of letters from fans all over the world thanking them for having George. They took very good care to answer them all — they felt they were creating a global family for Beatles fans”.  (Louise Harrison)