Reader takes trip down memory lane to mark Beatles milestone

By Luke King in Feature

A READER made a nostalgic visit to Sevenoaks to mark 50 years since The Beatles came to town.

On January 30 and 31, 1967, the legendary band visited Knole Park to shoot the videos for their hit songs Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane.

Exactly 50 years later, Steve Kirk and daughter Charlotte went to the park to see where the Beatles filmed the famous scenes.

Steve said: “The famous old tree on the Strawberry Fields film is just a lonely old stump now, but it still has that magic aura around it when you stand near it.

“The scene of the piano and the Beatles dancing around the tree seems quite haunting now, on a cold, grey January Monday without anyone in sight!

“No-one, it seems, that passes near this world famous relic realises that it is actually party of Beatles history.”

The Oxted resident added: “The reason why it was filmed at Knole is that the director knew of this beautiful site, so he gave Sevenoaks a place on the "Rock n Roll" map, which we locals all appreciate.

“During filming John Lennon apparently sneaked into Westerham and visited an antiques shop where he stumbled upon an old 1843 circus poster and bought it. He then wrote a song about this called “Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite" on the Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album.”

Reflecting that Beatles history was made in a quiet corner of Kent, Steve concluded: “Who would have believed it!”

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Jim Cushman · 196 days ago · Report

Great story...there should be a plaque marking the spot...

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