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John Lennon fled Hamburg brothel reveals old Liverpool rival

by Pierce King. Published Wed 07 Jan 2009 12:54, last updated: 07/01/09

The Beatles' hard-partying days in Hamburg are legendary but former pal Gerry Marsden says that John Lennon's exploits enjoying the red light district were short-lived.

Stories are rife that the young Lennon along with George Harrison, Paul McCartney, bass player Stuart Sutcliffe and drummer Pete Best took full advantage of the seedy brothels of offer in the German city.

But despite arrests for arson and George Harrison being deported - the Fab Four's levels of hedonism have been called into question by old pal Gerry Marsden.

Their old Mersey Beat mate Gerry - has revealed what really happened when he and John visited a house of ill repute in Herbertstrasse.

Instead of jumpng in bed with the buxom babes at a brothel after forking out the hefty door charge - the pair fled from 'the biggest woman they'd ever seen.'

Gerry, now 66, recalls: "We just went to see what it was like.

"We paid our money, went in and sat down. This guy came out with the biggest lady we had ever seen in our lives.

"She looked like a bus with a bra on.

"I looked at John, he looked at me - and we ran out that door so quick we didn't hear it shut.

"It was a waste of money but we had a good laugh.

"We were too frightened to go back again. I wanted to go back to get my money back but John said: 'No, we'd better not. Might cause trouble."

Saintly Gerry even protests that he and John had absolutely no intention of any questionable behaviour.

He added: "We had no interest in engaging in the act. We just wanted to take the mickey, have a giggle, drink the booze, then leave."



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