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Beatles Memories

It is more than 40 years since The Beatles arrived in Newquay for a three day filming trip. And yet there's still plenty of interest in the band's short stay in the county. Richard Nash is writing a book about the Fab Four's visit. Find out more.

Turning the clock back to September 1967, and there was a big buzz in Newquay.

The world's biggest band was apparently on the way to the sea-side resort.

The Beatles were not playing a concert in the county, by then they had given up touring. However they were due to spend a few days filming in the area.

The Beatles

Paul McCartney and George Harrison

The film project was 'Magical Mystery Tour', which aired on Boxing Day 1967.

Richard Nash is the co-author of 'Hold Tight! - Voices Of The Sarum Sound 1945-1969', about the Salisbury music scene between those dates. 'Hold Tight!' is published by Timezone at a cost of £12.99.

Richard is currently involved in researching for a future book about The Beatles in the South West, covering their connections with Cornwall.

Paul McCartney's 1991 solo show at the Cornwall Coliseum in St Austell was the only live Cornish appearance by any of the band.

However, during the 'Beatlemania' days of 1962 to 1964 they made a number of appearances in the wider region. The band performed live in concert in Plymouth.

Magical Mystery Tour

Magical Mystery Tour

Furthermore, The Beatles were very fond of filming in the region - scenes for 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help!' were recorded near Minehead and on Salisbury Plain respectively.

There is a direct Cornish connection as in September 1967, after a failed effort to get to Widecombe (the coach was too big to cross a Dartmoor bridge), and a brief stop off at Plymouth Hoe, three days were spent in and around Newquay filming scenes for the Christmas TV special 'Magical Mystery Tour'.

Richard Nash is keen to hear your memories of the Beatles. Maybe you travelled by coach to see them performing in Plymouth or Exeter. Possibly you made the trip to Newquay in the hope of catching a glimpse of the band in 1967. Did you meet them? Did you see them performing?

Keith Gray from Newquay runs the website 'newquaybeatles'. Ted O'Dell was immortalised in one of The Beatles songs. Hear our archive interview by clicking on the link below:

We want to hear your memories. Fill in the form below, enclosing your phone number. We'll publish some of your memories, and pass them on to Richard as well.

If you have any photos of the Beatles then please email them to:

Your Beatles memories


Your memories are for use on the BBC Cornwall website and BBC Radio Cornwall. Your thoughts will also be passed on to Richard Nash, who is writing the new book. He may also wish to contact you for further information.

last updated: 25/02/2008 at 12:12
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