The Mad Day Out: location four

The fourth location in the Mad Day Out, in which The Beatles were photographed in various places around London, was in Old Street, a busy thoroughfare in the north of the city.

They arrived shortly after 6pm, and went to the island in the middle of the busy roundabout. Using a plank of wood, they climbed to the top of a concrete block in the middle of the island.

There they adopted a variety of poses while more than 100 photographs were taken. The Beatles were snapped while waving, saluting, pretending to fight and fall off, dancing and other poses, before returning to their cars and heading for location five, St Pancras Old Church and Gardens.

We reached Old Street roundabout and I just asked them to get up on it. Once they were on the roundabout they obviously thought they might as well do something and performed completely spontaneously for me. You can’t direct people like that. The choreography was theirs. The taxi drivers couldn’t believe it as they came round and caught this free show.
Don McCullin
A Day In The Life Of The Beatles
Last updated: 23 July 2018
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The Mad Day Out: location five
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