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Follow in the footsteps of John and Paul on the National Trust's Great British Walk

by Paige Gardiner. Published Tue 08 Oct 2013 10:46, last updated: 08/10/13
20 Forthlin Road
20 Forthlin Road

The National Trust are offering a unique experience for Beatles fans to walk in the footsteps of John and Paul later this month in their Great British Walk.

When a young John Lennon first met 15 year old Paul McCartney at St Peter’s church fete in
Woolton in July 1957, musical history was made.

It wasn’t long before Paul started dropping by John’s home, Mendips, where the two boys held guitar sessions and songs like Please Please Me, I Call Your Name and I’ll Get You were composed.

But John’s Aunt Mimi disapproved of the noise and the musicians were banished to the small
porch at Mendips to hold their practice sessions.

Unfortunately, as Paul played left-handed, the necks of both guitars tended to collide in this small space – so the decision was made to take their sessions over to Paul’s house at nearby 20 Forthlin Road.

The route taken by John as he walked over to Forthlin Road carrying his guitar is part of this year’s National Trust Great British Walk.

Ian Ford, the Trust’s Head Ranger in Liverpool said: “Walking in John’s footsteps between Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road will be walking through musical history.

“We’ll be taking in places en route which are very much associated with the Beatles – for example, Strawberry Fields and the bus stop where John’s mother was knocked down and killed.

"The walk will take around 3 – 4 hours and it’s also a great opportunity to see some of the wildlife that lives in this ‘urban’ environment, particularly on and around Allerton Golf Course.

"It’s a must for all Beatles’ fans – and of course for those who want to learn more about the natural environment in their local area."

The walk takes place on Wednesday 17th October at 11am. If you’d like book a place, call 0151 728 5850. Tickets are £6.

Walkers should meet in the Calderstones Park Car Park on Yew Tree Road, Allerton, L18 3JN but due to uneven terrain the walk is not suitable for wheelchair users.

The walk does not include visits inside either Mendips or 20 Forthlin Road. For more information go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beatles

For more information on the Great British Walk go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/northwest


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