Saturday 16th June 2001
We had driven up to Liverpool the night before and checked into our hotel. We had a few problems but eventually got a room
with en-suite and a working TV. After a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast we walked to Albert Dock
and had a look around. On the way we passed a model of a certain naval vessel.
Dave bought a book and a map of “Beatles’ Liverpool” and we bought our tickets for the coach tours.
After a cup of coffee we got on the bus to the house that Paul McCartney lived in. On the way we passed the church
where Roger (Dave's older brother) and Sue were married. There were only 6 of us in the bus and it was a short ride to
20 Forthlin Road.
Paul moved here in 1955 with his parents Jim and Mary (who died in October 1956), and his brother Mike.
The house is now owned by The National Trust.
We were met outside by John who lives there.
He told us that we were not allowed to take photos inside the house and took our bags and cameras and locked them in a cupboard.
Then we were given tape machines that had various people telling us about the house and about Paul.
The people on the tape were:
There were lots of pictures mainly taken by Mike. There were pictures of:
- Sir Paul McCartney
- Mike McCartney
- Dilys Mohin (Mary’s sister-in-law)
- Hunter Davies (who wrote the first authorised biography of The Beatles)
- Shelagh Johnson (who used to help Jim with the fan mail)
This old picture of John was taken in Paul's kitchen
- Paul and John in the sitting room with guitars
- Paul in the doorway with some drums
- Paul in the garden
- Paul combing his hair, while not wearing a shirt
All too soon it was time to leave the house and go back to the Albert Dock
where we had another stroll around looking in shops
then a bite of lunch before going to The Beatles Story.
This had lots of pictures and video of The Beatles but we weren’t allowed to take photos inside the exhibition.
In the shop they were selling prints of paintings by Stuart Sutcliffe.
Then it was time to catch The Magical Mystery Tour coach.
The coach took us all over Liverpool to lots of different Beatle locations.
Sometimes the coach stopped and let us out but other times we had to stay on the coach.
The tour guide's name was Eddie and the driver’s name was Les, whose wife went to primary school with Ringo Starr.
Some of the places we saw from the bus were:
- 12 Arnold Grove, the house that George Harrison was born in
- 251 Menlove Avenue, where John Lennon lived with his Aunt Mimi and Uncle George
- and the Epsteins' family home
Actually, we saw lots of other places as well, but Dave and I went back to them on Sunday in the car.
When the coach tour finished Dave bought a video about the tour.
Before we got off the coach Eddie told us that some original members of The Quarrymen were playing a gig that night.
The coach tour finished at The Cavern Club, where the legend began.
The original Cavern had been demolished but this was an exact replica. We had a look inside
and were given a poster
Across the road from The Cavern was a statue of John Lennon.
Before we went back to the hotel we had a drink in The Grapes, which is where the groups often went for a drink
because you couldn’t buy alcohol at The Cavern. If you look very carefully you will see
Eddie Porter at the bar.
Sometimes the groups went to The White Star which is just around the corner.
We walked back to the hotel and went past two of the clubs where The Beatles used to go in the early days.
The Blue Angel, where they went after gigs but never played
and The Jacaranda
Our hotel was near the registry office where John and Cynthia got married
In the evening we went to The New Clubmoor Hall, Back Broadway. This was the venue for Paul McCartney's debut with The Quarrymen in October 1957.
In fact the ticket had that now-famous photo of The Quarrymen performing there
Here is a better version of that photo, probably taken in November 1957
The band members that night, from left to right, were:
- Colin Hanton, who still plays his original drums
- Paul McCartney
- Len Garry, who has moved from tea-chest bass to guitar and vocals
Someone not in that picture from 1957 was Rod Davis - he had recently left the group
and been replaced by Paul!
- John Lennon
- and Eric Griffiths who was on holiday that night but is now, sadly, deceased
So Dave and I were privileged to see 3 of the original Quarrymen live on stage at The New Clubmoor Hall
At the end of the evening various friends were invited to play with The Quarrymen. The guy on washboard was Eddie, the MMT guide who told us about the gig.
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