The Beatles in Bangor: 1967 BBC Wales archive footage


As Sir Paul McCartney celebrates his 70th birthday, BBC Wales has uncovered some silent footage from 1967 of The Beatles in Bangor.

In June 1967, The Beatles released Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, seen by many as their creative peak. On 24 August, they met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at a lecture in London, and the following day travelled by train to north Wales for a 10-day conference on transcendental meditation.

The Bangor footage also contains shots of Beatle girlfriends and wives Pattie Harrison, Cynthia Lennon and Jane Asher - who was Paul McCartney's fiancee at the time. Also present were Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull.

The Beatles stayed in dormitories in Dyfrdwy, one of the halls in the Hugh Owen Building of Bangor University. Their rooms were simple, containing bunk beds and basic furniture, in a stark contrast to the luxuries they were used to.

On their first full day in Bangor an introductory seminar was given by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It was held in the main hall of the Hugh Owen Building, and was attended by around 300 people. Following the seminar a press conference was held, during which The Beatles renounced the use of drugs.

The Beatles' stay in Bangor was cut short when news broke of the death of their manager Brian Epstein.

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