singing in the studio
of my greatest pleasures was giving John Lennon a smack over the
mouth. This was about 1963 or 4. The Orange Lodge had services on
St John’s plateau and I was a uniformed Inspector there. The whole
of the plateau was full of Orange Lodge bands and such like. The
whole of the pavements all around were crowded with onlookers, spectators.
there with about a couple of Sergeants and about a dozen men, because
you always anticipated trouble. They were holding this service.
Over the front of the Empire Theatre is a glass canopy and I looked
round and there was this fellow on the glass canopy dancing up and
down. I thought you stupid s*d!
Lennon performing with the Beatles on Saturday Club
I dived to the other side of the road and went up the little back
street in Lime Street that leads to the rear of the Empire. I went
into the Empire, shot up the stairs and there were about a dozen
people and cameramen and all the rest of it in this room which was
the other side of the canopy.
shot right through this room. There was an open window and there
was this fellow dancing up and down and waving to the crowd below.
I shouted to him, "Come in you stupid s*d!" And he turned around
and said, "You can eff off". I completely lost my rag. I stepped
out onto the glass canopy, got him and smacked him right across
the mouth. I dragged him into the room.
it suddenly hit me, it was John Lennon. The Beatles were giving
a press interview. I think he thought that that crowd there were
there for the Beatles and he was trying to draw their attention.
They were a big name then. I never heard another word about it."