Following their two nights performing in Jersey, The Beatles boarded a 12-seater aeroplane for the 30-mile journey to Guernsey on 8 August 1963. Their equipment arrived by ferry.
The group performed two shows in the auditorium at Candie Gardens, in St Peter Port, Guernsey. The concerts, at 7pm and 9.15pm, were their only ones on the island, and were promoted by Baron Pontin.
Tickets cost 17 shillings and sixpence, 15 shillings, 12 shillings and sixpence, and 10 shillings. The support acts were Vic Sutcliffe, Les Dell, the Rob Charles Combo, The Robert Brothers, and Mike Kelly.
Following the show, John Lennon went to the rented flat of beat poet Royston Ellis. The Beatles had befriended Ellis after performed as his backing band in Liverpool in June 1960.
On this night Lennon, Ellis and his girlfriend Stephanie wore polythene and shared a bed out of curiosity about kinky sex.
We’d read all these things about leather and we didn’t have any leather but I had my oilskins and we had some polythene bags from somewhere. We all dressed up in them and wore them in bed. John stayed the night with us in the same bed. I don’t think anything very exciting happened and we all wondered what the fun was in being ‘kinky’. It was probably more my idea than John’s.
A Hard Day’s Write, Steve Turner
Also on this day...
- 2019: The Beatles announce Abbey Road 50th anniversary reissue
- 2010: Paul McCartney live: Air Canada Centre, Toronto
- 2009: Beatles fans mark 40 years of Abbey Road photoshoot
- 1969: Recording: The End, I Want You (She’s So Heavy), Oh! Darling
- 1969: The Abbey Road cover photography session
- 1968: Recording, mixing: Hey Jude, Not Guilty
- 1966: The South African Broadcasting Corporation bans The Beatles’ music
- 1966: US album release: Revolver
- 1966: US single release: Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine
- 1962: Live: Co-op Ballroom, Doncaster
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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