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2002-Aug-23: Bangor Visit Remembered

It was 35 years ago this that the Beatles traveled to what is now Bangor University in north Wales to meet the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  It was there that they learned of the suicide of their manager, Brian Epstein.  Today, a plaque to commemorate this historic visit was unveiled at Bangor University by ProVice-Chancellor, Professor Gareth Roberts who, as a student  back in August, 1967 was also present at the Maharishi's public meeting with the group.

A previously unseen film of the Beatles visit to Bangor was screened.  It was filmed by a local teenager and according to a University spokesperson:

"There is a short clip outside the Huw Owen Hall with lots of people sight-seeing and photographers milling around as a big car pulls away. That big car contains Paul McCartney because he was the first to leave. Then it cuts to the Derek Bellis interview where you can see Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Paul McCartney."
Mr. Bellis recalls:
"I remember being told to get to Bangor in a hurry to meet them. They came off the train and there was a massive crowd there. The interview was all about their manager and what he had meant to them and what their plans were. They were all right particularly John, who seemed to be the main spokesman.  The next day we went back to talk to the Maharishi and everybody had to sit down to take their shoes off, which was a bit embarrassing for a friend of mine because he had a big hole in his sock."
 
 

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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