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Beatles fans celebrate Fab Four visit

By Warren Wilkins 20th September 2017

Beatles fans celebrate Fab Four visit
Beatles fans at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay.

BEATLEMANIA came to Newquay 50 years to the day that the Fab Four arrived in the town to film The Magical Mystery Tour.

More than 30 members of a German Beatles fan club spent three days touring the sites featured in the film, which included The Atlantic Hotel, Huer’s Hut, Porth Beach, Tregurrian, Holywell Bay, Fistral and Watergate Bay. They also visited the plaque erected at the Killacourt to commemorate The Beatles’ visit.

The Beatles fans have been retracing the journey to the day that John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr took to their psychedelic yellow tour bus to film The Magical Mystery Tour.

The Fab Four arrived in Newquay on Tuesday, September 12, 1967, at the Atlantic Hotel, which caused a sensation around the town as The Beatles were the most famous band in the world at the time, following the success of their Sergeant Pepper album.

John, Paul, George and Ringo had intended to stay for just one night but eventually decided to use the hotel as a base for three nights.

The band slept in four luxury holiday flats adjoining the hotel and needed a police cordon in place to have their meals in the hotel.

The first day of filming in the Newquay area saw the Fab Four visit Watergate Bay where the group were filmed looking through a telescope, although the scene failed to make the final cut.

Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney later took the coach, and most of the passengers, to Porth.

Ringo ad-libbed an argument for the cameras while Paul was filmed cycling on a tandem.

John filmed a sequence at the Atlantic Hotel where bikini-clad women were chased around the swimming pool. The shoot continued on the cliffs at Holywell Bay, although it was left out of the final edit.

The Fab Four filmed in a field at Tregurrian on Thursday, September 14, 1967. Two scenes were shot in the field, only one of which – the passengers crowding into a small tent–- was used.

The other was of George Harrison meditating in the field while wearing an oversized blue jacket. Although the field was secluded the visit caused a traffic jam as there were so many onlookers.

Later in the evening Paul and Ringo visited the Tywarnhayle pub in Perranporth where they were joined by musician Spencer Davis.

The pub was run by Spencer’s tour manager and he was holidaying in the area at the time. The evening ended with a lock-in until after 2am, during which Paul led a singalong around the pub piano.

A brief scene was filmed in front of The Atlantic Hotel after breakfast on Friday, September 15, 1967, before the Magical Mystery Tour bus left for London. The experimental television film, which had no formal script, received poor reviews from critics.

It was during The Beatles’ visit to Newquay that local businessman Ted O’Dell, who later ran a Beatles-themed Magical Mystery Tour around Newquay, met John, Paul, Ringo and George when they were having a drink in the Sailors pub.

Ted, who was running an egg delivery service titled ‘The Egg Man,’ is believed to be the inspiration behind the famous line in the track I Am the Walrus.

The group later photographed Ted and his “Eggman – Local Deliveries” van when delivering eggs to The Atlantic Hotel.

Simon Mitchell, the organiser of the German Magical Mystery Tour, said: “We have had a great time. It has been great to see all the sites that featured in the Magical Mystery Tour.”

By Warren Wilkins 20th September 2017

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