Eighteen days after they married in Esher, Surrey, on 8 February 1966 George and Pattie Harrison flew to Barbados for their honeymoon.
The couple were followed by television cameras through the London Airport terminal until they boarded their BOAC flight. George wore a suit and Pattie wore a black and white outfit and sunglasses.
We spent our honeymoon in Barbados in a fabulous rented villa called Benclare at Gibbs Beach, on what is now the Sandy Lane Estate. It was perched on a hill with a sweeping lawn to the main road, views of the sea and a full staff. One day we were out in the garden and the maid said, ‘Oh, look, there’s the Queen of England!’ Sure enough, there she was, driving past in an open-topped car waving to everyone, with Prince Philip sitting beside her, head buried in a newspaper. We spent beautiful sunny days exploring the island, playing in the sea and having romantic dinners at home to the sound of the ever-present tree frogs. We lounged on the beach, went to the famous Sandy Lane Hotel, swam, talked and walked, and I was so happy I thought I might burst. It was bliss to have George to myself, no work pulling either of us and no fans making life a misery.
We didn’t know anyone on the island and there were few tourists at that time, but gradually word got out that we were there so we posed a couple of times for the local press, and then the local dignitaries wanted to be photographed with us. We made a few friends including the eccentric George Drummond, of the banking family, who lived there. He showed us around the island and gave parties for us to meet other locals.
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- 2011: The Beatles’ Love and John Lennon’s final interview go onsale at iTunes
- 2010: Ringo’s star unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- 1968: Recording, mixing: The Inner Light, Across The Universe
- 1967: Recording: Good Morning Good Morning
- 1964: Rehearsal for The Ed Sullivan Show
- 1964: Radio: Saturday Club
- 1963: Live: ABC Cinema, Carlisle
- 1961: Live: Hambleton Hall, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
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My late father, Gordon, was the golf pro at the Sandy Lane back then and remembered saying hello to them when they were sitting on the beach. He said they looked very pale and skinny!
I am sure I have seen pictures of Patti Harrison/ Boyd with George Drummond taken before she got married so she must have got in touch with him when they went to Barbados. I am sure he also knew George Harrison as he was connected with Radio Caroline which all the Beatles, especially George supported.
Actually, when they first arrived in Barbados, they checked into Paradise Beach Club. Joe King, the night manager, checked them in. My mother grabbed a hotel cocktail napkin and got his autograph and proceeded to lose it. It was quite late at night.