Sunday, 23 October 2016

Signed Cynthia Lennon print on auction to benefit St Thomas Lupus Trust

The St Thomas Lupus trust is auctioning a special one-off signed print of the Beatles by Cynthia Lennon.

The original painting of the Beatles was inspired by the song 'Your mother should know' when it appeared in the film the Magical Mystery Tour, written by Paul McCartney. In the film the Beatles, wearing white tuxedos, come down a grand staircase followed by boy scouts.

Cynthia kindly gave permission for the image to be used to raise funds for the St Thomas Lupus Trust. The trust has produced Beatles notelets, still available in their online shop.

The charity is linked to the Beatles through the song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds'. Fans around the world know about how Julian Lennon had a childhood friend, Lucy Vodden and drew a picture of her. His father, John Lennon, saw the picture and it led to him writing the now iconic song. When Lucy lost her battle with lupus in 2009 aged just 46, she was a staunch supporter of the St Thomas Lupus Trust.

This very special auction will end on 31st October which marks the last day of Lupus Awareness month in the UK. 100% of money raised at the auctions goes directly to support the charity.

View and bid on the signed print by visiting the Ebay auction site.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Dublin is coming up Beatles for November!

November is all about the Beatles this November in Dublin, Ireland

Saturday November 5, 2016
BEATLES DAY at the Workman’s Club on Saturday, November 5th.  It includes a very special performance from Scotland’s REVOLVER and the annual BEATLES TABLE QUIZ

Thursday November 25, 2016

THE BEATLE MONOLOGUES  at Briody’s on Marlborough Street.  

The four monologues in the show are:
As part of the show there will be Beatle songs performed live by Jonny Ward and Duncan Maitland.  

Briody’s is a small venue with very limited capacity – so please book early to avoid disappointment.  Tickets cost €13.50 (plus booking) and have just gone on sale right here:

Saturday, 15 October 2016

BBFC Magazine Issue 60 Out Now!

Hot off the presses, issue 60 of our quarterly magazine is out now. If you are a member, it is in the post. Non members can order a copy from our website here.

Issue 60 (October 2016) includes:
  • The Beatles A Day In The Life
  • Media Watch
  • Coming Up Forthcoming Events
  • ‘Cos I’m The Staxman
  • Beatle Boots
  • Not For Sale
  • Paperback Writers
  • Paul McCartney Concert reviews
  • Try Some, Buy Some New Releases
  • Eight Days A Week-Premiere
  • As I Write This Letter
  • Crap Photo of the Month

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Deadline is next weekend. Send in your photos!

We've had a nice lot of photos submitted but not enough to make the calendar happen. One week left.  The calendar can't happen without more photos.
The British Beatles Fan Club is cooking up a new project for our members and it will only work with your help.

It has been a big year for Beatles events.  Not only have Paul and Ringo both been touring but many of our members have attended festivals, tribute concerts, stage productions and film premieres all over the world.

We know you took pictures of you and your friends throughout the year and we thought it would be a fab idea to gather these photos together into a BBFC calendar for 2017.

This will be a two step effort:

  • Part 1: We need to collect enough photos.  So start sending them in today.  Email them to with the title "Calendar Photos". 
  • Part 2: Assuming we receive enough photo contributions, we will advertise for calendar pre-orders.  We will need a minimum number of orders to keep the price down and if we get enough pre-orders, we will produce the calendar filled with your photos of you and your fellow BBFC members.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Hand painted replicas of 1960's Beatles poster by the man who did the originals

Back in August we alerted our readers to an exhibition of posters in Liverpool recreated by the man who did the originals.  During International Beatleweek we visited the exhibit and it was absolutely wonderful!

In the 1960's Tony Booth was the original artist for The Beatles and Brian Epstein where he produced hundreds of the original gig posters and signs round Liverpool during the Merseybeat era.

At the time when the gigs were over,  they would be ripped down off the walls and replaced with the next one for the next week.  No one at the time realized that they were valuable memorabilia. Only one original has miraculously survived.

Lucky for us, the artist, Tony Booth, has painstakingly recreated each and every hand painted poster all over again.  These hand painted posters are available for sale but also available are signed prints made from the hand painted versions.

At the exhibit it was fascinating wandering around and reading each poster and admiring the skill and precision of Mr. Booth's work.  We also watched a video which you can watch below.

The exhibit will end this month but the posters can still be viewed and purchased from his website. Please have a look.

 Below are some links to additional information:

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Cross the Scan - Abbey Road - Paris Sept 30

Last year we posted about this art project called "Cross the Scan - Abbey Road" which needed volunteers.

Well the project is progressing nicely and the next event is scheduled for Paris on September 30, 2016,  If you will be in Paris on this date, please stop by and participate.

You can find more details here and also see where else the project will be.

Magical Mystery Tour Recreation Needs Help

As the 50th anniversary of Magical Mystery Tour is next year, we are starting to learn about different projects in the works connected with the film.

Fifty years ago Simon Mitchell and his sister had the amazing good fortune to be extras in the film as children.  Fast forward half a century and the Magical Mystery Tour is still part of his life.  Two years ago he purchased a coach - a Bedford VAL Plaxton Panorama. The Bedford VAL was a coach built during the 1960s in the U.K. with two steerable front axles which was rare at the time. 

Simon, a member of the Hannover Beatles Fan Club, purchased this coach with help from friends with a vision in mind. He had already begun an collection of Magical Mystery Tour memorabilia with the aim of creating a museum that would help children with cancer.  He envisioned his museum including a duplicate Magical Mystery Tour bus.

With his bus purchased he now began the process to repair it and transform it into a brand new Magical Mystery Tour bus.

Simon now lives in Germany so the bus is currently near Hamlin in Germany awaiting to be finished.

With the 50th anniversary fast approaching, Simon wants to start putting the bus to work raising money for children with cancer.  He plans to recreate the route and  re-drive the original MMT route across southern England from London to Newquay, with members of the press, to help gather donations for children with cancer.

To make this plan a reality, Simon needs to get the restoration of the bus completed and it also needs to be inspected by the German TÜV to be allowed on the roads.

Simon is asking us to help spread the word about his project to make it a reality in time for the anniversary.  He says "It‘s not about me, its about children who need our help. Any amount given will be warmly accepted and will be a huge help with  my project.  One may donate  with or without  ones name being mentioned. Thank you."

Here is the link to his crowdfunding page.