‘Ticket to Ride’ to Beatles Childhood Homes
It was on the ‘to-do’ list.
As I watch the hundreds of visitors from all over the world walking up Forthlin Road to look at Paul McCartney’s house, just 100 metres from my house, I thought that I really should become a tourist for a day and go and join them.
So, we picked up our ‘Ticket to Ride’ at Speke Hall, a beautiful National Trust Tudor House and grounds.
Our driver, Andy, gave us a brief outline of what to expect and took no complaints when he put on the music, unfortunately I was bit disappointed when he never led the singing of ‘We all live in a yellow submarine’ and the bus wasn’t full of scousers to join in with my singing!!
At Forthlin Road I tried to keep a low profile in case the neighbours recognised me.
The group of 13 were invited in to the house which visually had been restored to a 1950s house. Some of the things took me back to my childhood, like the piano in the living room, the rack in the kitchen and the ‘antique’ lampshades my mother-in-law also has and is leaving us in her will. But it wasn’t the furniture that touched me but the photographs of Paul that his brother Mike had taken and restored of the family and of Paul and John creating their songs in these rooms as young lads, Paul climbing up the drain pipe to get in and watching his dad doing the crossword in the garden. It was a bit like visiting your own relations and family, a happy home.
Then on to Mendips, John Lennon’s childhood home, where we were met by Colin who has been showing people around for the last nine years. This was a large semi-detached house with a nice porch at the front, which we were told only the vicar and doctor got through that door.
So, as Paul, George and John did, we went in through the back door! We heard the story of John’s childhood and how he wanted Mimi to keep Mendips but she eventually sold it when the fans got to much to handle. It was Yoko who eventually bought the house and donated it to the National Trust as she knew how much John thought of it and his childhood memories here She also supports it financially to ensure this legacy of Johns is there for people to see. The history of the eighteen years of his life here is very informative from his scaling the sandstone walls at the back of the house into Strawberry Fields’ grounds to the pictures he drew when he was eleven. Once again I felt I had visited my long lost….., and would have stayed longer but time to go with the minibus back to Speke Hall.
Speke Hall, I will save the house and grounds for another day. So much to do on your doorstep and so little time to do it in!
I think I will dig out my Magical Mystery Tour album tonight. Now that’s another tour I have got on my ‘to do’ list.