John Lennon and Yoko Ono visit Rochester Cathedral

John and Yoko arrived back in England on this day from Canada, where they had launched their global peace campaign. Part of the campaign was to have been a Christmas Eve antiwar demonstration due to take place in various countries, for which the couple had tape-recorded a greeting to be played.

Upon their arrival back in the UK, they were driven to Rochester Cathedral in Kent, where they intended to join a fast and sit-in calling for peace and to highlight world poverty. They arrived, accompanied by comedian Dick Gregory, in a white Rolls-Royce.

They were due to take part in a 24-hour sleepover with the homeless of Kent. However, a small crowd was already present when they arrived, and it was felt likely that their continued presence would have caused a commotion.

Lennon, Ono and Gregory posed for press photographers, and briefly went inside the cathedral but soon returned to their limousine to avoid being mobbed. They later attended midnight mass in the cathedral before returning to Tittenhurst Park in Ascot, Berkshire.

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4 responses on “John Lennon and Yoko Ono visit Rochester Cathedral

  1. M.Lamb

    My wife and I were there than night. It was organised by a guy that worked in Vyes in Rochester High street. It was poorly organised was cold a drizzling and there was just a plastic sheet for them to sit on, no cover……

  2. Jacky Bevan

    John & Yoko did go in to Rochester Cathedral. My then boyfriend and I were waiting outside with a guy called Tony Peters (if there was anyone else there, I can’t remember them), who ran the local branch of Shelter I believe, when their Rolls appeared and drew up in front of us. John & Yoko got out & Tony Peters introduced everybody. I was overcome and had to leave almost immediately or pass out. They went to the Cathedral (a friend of mine was in there and managed to give them a gift), but apparently they were mobbed and didn’t stay long.

  3. Jac

    I was there too. I remember the Cathedral officials asking people to stop smoking in the Cathedral and not to stub their cigarettes out on the floor! The Cathedral was packed.

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