24 July 2012
Last updated at 06:12
An exhibition about The Beatles and their connection to Bournemouth has gone on show in the seaside resort. It features photographs, posters and stories from author Nick Churchill’s book, Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Beatles and Bournemouth, and is on display at the Bournemouth International Centre until 5 September.
"Most of the photographs were taken by the late Harry Taylor who worked as a photographer at the Bournemouth Times," Mr Churchill said. "They were used to accompany articles and reviews 50 years or so ago, and haven't been seen since, so they're quite rare."
Mr Churchill, who grew up in Wareham, said many of the Beatles' links to Bournemouth were "more by accident than design" but added they were "very strong nonetheless". He said: "In just 14 months from August 1963 to October 1964 The Beatles played more shows at the Bournemouth Gaumont [now the Odeon cinema] than any other concert venue in the UK, outside London."
Mr Churchill said the exhibition aimed to provide a "snapshot of the era". Chrissie Gill (centre) was 14-year-old Christine Banham when this photo of her was taken with her friends 16-year-old Marion Turner and her sister 13-year-old Tania. "Marion and Tania persuaded their baker father to make this cake for The Beatles ahead of their show at the Winter Gardens on 16th November 1963," Mr Churchill said.
John Lennon was a regular visitor to Dorset until he left the UK in 1971, according to Mr Churchill. "He bought his aunt Mimi a bungalow called Harbour's Edge close to the ferry port at Sandbanks in 1965," he said. "She lived there until her death in 1991."