John Lennon celebrates his 26th birthday in Spain

12.00pm, Sunday 9 October 1966 (47 years ago)

John Lennon and his wife Cynthia spent much of September and October 1966 in Almería, Spain, where he acted in Richard Lester’s film How I Won The War.

The couple settled in a villa named Santa Isabel, where they were joined by Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen Starkey. Also staying at the villa were actor Michael Crawford, his wife Gabrielle, their baby and its nanny.

On this day Lennon celebrated his 26th birthday. Close to a beach named El Zapillo was a restaurant, El Manzanilla. It was here that Lennon and his friends celebrated his birthday.

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