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File photo dated 01/06/1963 of The Beatles pop group (left - right) Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison as today marks the 50th anniversary of the famous session in which The Beatles recorded almost their entire debut album in the space of less than ten hours. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 11, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ Beatles. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire
Thursday, October 3, 2013
A Great Yarmouth man helped two old school friends get a message to the Beatles 50 years after they first tried.
It was 1963 when Barbara Bezant and Lyn Jeffries recorded a message for the Fab Four on a reel-to-reel tape and posted it to the Finsbury Park Astoria where the group was performing.
Half a century later, historian David McDermott, from Ormesby, bought a bag of old tapes from a car boot sale in London for £1, hoping to find a few rare recordings inside.
Fast forward another six months, Mr McDermott finally got round to sorting the tapes and came across 67-year-old Barbara and 69-year-old Lyn’s home recording – still with its original cover and addressed to the Beatles.
With help from a friend, he got the tape transferred onto CD and, after listening to it, sent it to the BBC’s One Show in the hope they could help track down its creators.
A few weeks later he received a call from producers of the primetime show and, in August, travelled to the Beatles Museum in Liverpool where he met presenter Gloria Hunniford along with Barbara and Lyn.
“I had no idea when we started filming they were going to reunite Barbara and Lyn,” said Mr McDermott.
“They hadn’t seen each other for 40 years. It was quite emotional for them; there were a few tears shed.
“We spent two days filming with the crew. We went to the Cavern and the Beatles Museum. It was really interesting to be involved.”
If being reunited with each other was not enough, the old friends, who both now live in Essex, had another surprise when the film was broadcast on the One Show last Thursday – a reply from Sir Paul McCartney, who had been given the tape after all these years and sent back a personal message.
“Thanks for your lovely tape,” said Sir Paul. “It finally got through – better late than never. Great to hear that you found each other again after all these years. Keep enjoying the music.”