This was the fifth day of filming for Magical Mystery Tour at West Malling Air Station in Maidstone, Kent.
Among the exterior shots filmed during the week at the army base were the marathon scene, which took place on the main runway and perimeter road; another in which a group of people including Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall had their picture taken by Little George the photographer; and a tug of war involving 12 children and blindfolded vicars.
The most memorable of the exterior shots, however, was for ‘I Am The Walrus’. The Beatles mimed to the song at two locations at the airfield, including use of high anti-blast concrete walls atop which the group and four actors dressed as policemen stood.
Last updated: 19 September 2016
Also on this day...
- 2013: Paul McCartney live: El Capitan Outdoor Stage, Los Angeles (Jimmy Kimmel Live)
- 1974: US single release: Whatever Gets You Thru The Night by John Lennon
- 1968: Recording: Happiness Is A Warm Gun
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
- 1960: Live: Indra Club, Hamburg
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During the Tug of war there were 9 Children pulling against 6 adult football players dressed in Blue and white. We required 5 Takes for this part of the Film. Four of the five Takes have been shown either during the film or the released Making of MMT Arena Film or the different Outtakes that are available .
The very first outtake has yet to be shown .
One also sees several Dwarfs wrestling at the same time. Paul in his Red Jacket , John in an Afghan Jacket and Ringo dressed in his stripped Suit along with Mal and Neil are also seen while filming the Tug of War.
George is first seen again during the line up for the Marathon in his light Blue Jacket and hat.