The Beatles leave Bournemouth the morning after playing the
Winter Gardens - en route to Coventry, 17 November 1963
Even though it is six months since Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Beatles & Bournemouth was published, new stories continue to come to light. People's memories of the time they saw The Beatles live and in the flesh know no bounds and the more the book is talked about the more stories come to the surface. Deep joy!
There will be many more to come, but for now enjoy this letter I received from Julie Snow...
"My friend and I went to one of the Gaumont concerts on 24 August 1963 with my brother, Ashley Thorne, who was seven years older than me. I was only 12 at the time. Ashley went backstage and came back with George's autograph for me, although Paul was my favourite.
My overwhelming memory of the concert was the deafening screams of the audience. Most of the girls, myself included, were nearly hysterical. It was the height of Beatlemania and we couldn't believe we were seeing our heroes. I remember She Loves You had just been released and I'm pretty sure it was the final song of the concert. In the following weeks A Hard Day's Night was also released and we went to see it several times.
We even cried and screamed in the cinema! Crazy times.
Sadly my brother died four years ago so I can't ask him how he actually got the autograph but I'm pretty sure he went in the interval and not after the show. At the time he was always out and about in Bournemouth, a keen ice dancer at the Westover Ice Rink, and the sort who could blag his way into most situations.
I was really sorry to miss the launch night of the exhibition as I was ill at the time. I was given your a copy of your book for Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I'm just sorry Ashley is not around as I'm certain he would have known many of the people featured in it."
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