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Did you ever meet The Beatles? Tell us about your encounters
10 August 2009
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I met Paul and Linda McCartney in 1992 when I was 16. She had an exhibition of her photos at a gallery in Bath, England, and I managed to get a ticket to the private view. They both signed my Linda McCartney: Sixties book. It was John Lennon's birthday (9 October) and I got her to add the date under her autograph, and Paul signed my Sgt Pepper CD cover too.

The exhibition was at the Royal Photographic Society in Bath, where I lived at the time. I think my parents knew someone who was an RPS member, and, weirdly, didn't want to go. So me and a fellow Beatles-obsessed friend went along. There were crowds of people waiting behind barriers outside for the McCartneys – who were only rumoured to be turning up – and inside it became a bit of a scrum too.

I bought a copy of the Sixties book before they arrived. I remember people inside watching Paul and Linda as they entered, but nobody bothering him too much. But being young and bold I bowled up to them and asked if they'd sign the book. That seemed to open the floodgates and they signed a great many more autographs for the next hour or so.

I remember at one point, later on, asking Linda to put a date in my book. "Can't you write it yourself?" she replied. "Well, it's John Lennon's birthday and it'd really mean a lot to me…" I don't think they'd realised the date, but that was enough to persuade her. I even called her Mrs McCartney to try and be extra polite!

I had long hair and granny glasses at the time, looking a little like Lennon circa the White Album. Ah, times change… I remember telling a reporter from the Bath Chronicle that it was Lennon's birthday, and he worked it in to his report, along with a quote from me (I don't think I have the cutting anymore, sadly). A lovely memory.

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28 January 2010
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I met Pete Best once at a Beatles convention at the Adelphi hotel in Liverpool. Does that count? Well he was a Beatle! He had just brought out his Pete Best story book(which funnily enough i've recently ordered off amazon and just re read) I don't remember too much about him to be honest but he was a nice guy and gave us plenty of time and was patient with us asking him stupid questions. 'What was John like?' etc. I was only15ish at the time and i remember all i could think was 'he's played with The Beatles!' which not many people got to do. I felt sorry for him actually, thinking how hard his life must have been when The Beatles were huge. He signed my book which i've long since lost. The thing i remember more about that day is that Gerry Marsden was there doing his usual 'I was John Lennons best mate and we were dead close to The Beats routine'. I didn't ask him for an autograph which i don't regret to this day!

Onward my friends, and glory for the thirty ninth!!
2 May 2013
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Taking a coffee break, thought I'd peruse the oldest in the Yesterday and Today archives

Joe said

I met Paul and Linda McCartney in 1992 when I was 16. She had an exhibition of her photos at a gallery in Bath, England, and I managed to get a ticket to the private view. They both signed my Linda McCartney: Sixties book. It was John Lennon's birthday (9 October) and I got her to add the date under her autograph, and Paul signed my Sgt Pepper CD cover too.
The exhibition was at the Royal Photographic Society in Bath, where I lived at the time. I think my parents knew someone who was an RPS member, and, weirdly, didn't want to go. So me and a fellow Beatles-obsessed friend went along. There were crowds of people waiting behind barriers outside for the McCartneys – who were only rumoured to be turning up – and inside it became a bit of a scrum too.
I bought a copy of the Sixties book before they arrived. I remember people inside watching Paul and Linda as they entered, but nobody bothering him too much. But being young and bold I bowled up to them and asked if they'd sign the book. That seemed to open the floodgates and they signed a great many more autographs for the next hour or so.
I remember at one point, later on, asking Linda to put a date in my book. "Can't you write it yourself?" she replied. "Well, it's John Lennon's birthday and it'd really mean a lot to me…" I don't think they'd realised the date, but that was enough to persuade her. I even called her Mrs McCartney to try and be extra polite!
I had long hair and granny glasses at the time, looking a little like Lennon circa the White Album. Ah, times change… I remember telling a reporter from the Bath Chronicle that it was Lennon's birthday, and he worked it in to his report, along with a quote from me (I don't think I have the cutting anymore, sadly). A lovely memory.

What a wonderful memory, Joe. Did you get to chat with Paul at all?

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2 May 2013
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Oh I shall add my meetings and family meetings/people who I have worked with who met the Beatles :)

I met Pete Shotton (the washboard player in The Quarrymen) in Dublin (where he lives now) said "hi" he seemed sound signed a piece of paper for me as I had nothing Beatles related on me at the time.

My auntie met Yoko in New York, she got an autograph for me and sent it over, she didn't get to talk to Yoko though only got 2 pieces of paper signed.

I've worked/met with quite a few people who met The Beatles/one of The Beatles including:

Gay Byrne who (with Ken Dodd) interviewed the lads, he said they were "nice, polite young men"  Here's a video of it actually (Gay's at the beginning)

One of the dubbers for Harry Potter in Irish (the Dumbledore actually) went to their gig in '63 at the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin (see my profile location) he said he couldn't hear anything and I quote "stupid screaming girls" a-hard-days-night-george-10

I met a lovely woman who worked at the Gresham Hotel (where The Beatles stayed in Dublin), she worked as a maid there and managed to steal pillow cases from the boys' beds after they left a-hard-days-night-george-9 She still has them at her house.

My Dad also met Frank Hall (who interviewed The Beatles when they were in Dublin, he was also the man responsible for the banning of "Life of Brian" in Ireland), said he was a very strict man who wasn't really into The Beatles music a-hard-days-night-paul-11

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9P9prKhHC8

And I also have plans to meet The Quarrymen when they perform at the Dublin Beatles Fest this year (for the 50th anniversary of the boys' concert in Dublin) in November a-hard-days-night-john-1

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2 May 2013
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I wouldn't call it meeting him, but I did get to touch Ringo's hand, and then he gave me a wristband.

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2 May 2013
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^^ I think it counts. :-)

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Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

3 May 2013
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I think it counts too!  Wow!  Awesome stories.  What a dream come true to meet a Beatle!  Or even know someone who did…very cool, indeed.

"....take a sad song & make it Meilleur"....

9 May 2013
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parlance said

What a wonderful memory, Joe. Did you get to chat with Paul at all?

Only briefly. When I asked him to sign the Sixties book he would have said something and I'd have thanked him, but I don't remember an exchange. Then later on I went back to try to get my Sgt Pepper CD inlay signed. He said: "Haven't I done one for you already?" (by that point he was surrounded by people wanting autographs) I said something like "Yes, but please sign this, I'd be forever grateful" and he did. This was over 20 years ago and my memory is a bit hazy, but we definitely exchanged words.

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11 May 2013
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 That's so cool Joe!

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

11 May 2013
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I guess IntoTheSkyWithDiamonds hasn't seen this thread…He encountered Paul and exchanged a few words on the beach at Long Island, I believe it was, while one of them was walking a dog, iirc. He mentioned it in some other Paul thread…anyways, if he sees the thread he can tell the story himself. (Unless he misunderstood the thread title, thinking that meeting an individual Beatle isn't good enough…)

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
11 May 2013
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I think he once said that his wife is one of Nancy's friends, as well (and therefore met him another time). You lucky people.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

7 September 2013
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Closest I came was at Heathrow in 1976 when I was arriving from Oz and Paul and entourage were heading in the opposite direction at the terminal.  I was still a teenager (just) so yelled out 'Hi Paul' and got a smile and a wave in return.

7 September 2013
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^ Ah, that's nice. Something's better than nothing I say! :D

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

7 September 2013
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To think, all these years, I could have walked right by him and not known who he was. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

7 September 2013
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Super cool!  A smile & a wave…heart Ahhh!  I'm jealous!

"....take a sad song & make it Meilleur"....

8 September 2013
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I always love reading stories about people who met them or persons who worked with them or were close to them in some way. :D

There's also this site..wasn't it called meetthebeatlesforreal.blogspot.com or something like that? Some great stories on there as well.

8 September 2013
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I work at the Royal Courts of Justice and when Paul was divorcing Heather Mills I knew he would be there for a week or so. I was desperate to catch a glimpse of him but the building is so huge (I've been working there for 12 years and Don't fully know my way around it all!) I didn't know where he'd be. I spent one lunch hour waiting outside the main entrance but no joy. One day someone called me and said she knew where he would be walking through that morning. I went with her even though I wasn't getting my hopes up. It was in a fairly private part of the building and there was just the 3 of us standing there. We'd been waiting for about 15 minutes when my friend says "here he comes" and there, walking right past me was Paul and his lawyer. I was happy just to see him in the flesh but he turned his head, made eye contact, and said good morning to me! I said morning back and he went on his way. Needless to say, it was the best moment in my life and I went back to my office on cloud nine! We went back to the same spot the following 2 days and he said good morning to us each time which i thought was lovely because he didn't have to, we didn't speak to him first we were just gawping at him! He was so good looking in the flesh, much better than in pictures. It thrilled me that I have made eye contact with the beautiful and talented Paul McCartney! Sorry for the long post! 

8 September 2013
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Hannah said
I work at the Royal Courts of Justice and when Paul was divorcing Heather Mills I knew he would be there for a week or so. I was desperate to catch a glimpse of him but the building is so huge (I've been working there for 12 years and Don't fully know my way around it all!) I didn't know where he'd be. I spent one lunch hour waiting outside the main entrance but no joy. One day someone called me and said she knew where he would be walking through that morning. I went with her even though I wasn't getting my hopes up. It was in a fairly private part of the building and there was just the 3 of us standing there. We'd been waiting for about 15 minutes when my friend says "here he comes" and there, walking right past me was Paul and his lawyer. I was happy just to see him in the flesh but he turned his head, made eye contact, and said good morning to me! I said morning back and he went on his way. Needless to say, it was the best moment in my life and I went back to my office on cloud nine! We went back to the same spot the following 2 days and he said good morning to us each time which i thought was lovely because he didn't have to, we didn't speak to him first we were just gawping at him! He was so good looking in the flesh, much better than in pictures. It thrilled me that I have made eye contact with the beautiful and talented Paul McCartney! Sorry for the long post! 

Hanna, you told the story very well. That is so sweet that he said good morning each time. He was going through such a difficult time in his life, but he was still able to be cheery to other people. *sighs in admiration*

8 September 2013
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Thanks cbatcu! It's nice to tell the story to people who appreciate how I felt. Even now I can't believe he spoke to me and wish I could travel back in time to relive it all over again. And I really cannot stress enough how gorgeous he looked! Even my friend who was with me, was 18 years old at the time and is not a Beatles fan said he looked cute in the flesh!

9 September 2013
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cbatcu said

Hanna, you told the story very well. That is so sweet that he said good morning each time. He was going through such a difficult time in his life, but he was still able to be cheery to other people. *sighs in admiration*

I was thinking the same. Thanks for sharing, Hannah.

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Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

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