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Sunday, 1 November 2009

Kenwood: December 26, 1967.

As adults, John and his father (the "ignoble Alf", though I reckon he has probably been unfairly maligned over the years) only had one Christmas together - at Kenwood, in 1967.
Christmas Day had been spent in the traditional fashion, exchanging gifts (Alf got a lighter from Julian, who was apparently fascinated by Alf's single) and getting drunk on "ales". John was, by all accounts, in a good frame of mind the following day, understandably pleased to be able to quiz his errant father over family history, and also looking forward to the evening, when Magical Mystery Tour, sandwiched between Frost Over Christmas/the News and a Norman Wisdom film, was to receive its premiere on BBC1.
In the afternoon came a knock at the door...some fans, looking to meet himself. Here's what one of them remembers:
"I went to John Lennon’s house in St. Georges Hills, Weybridge on 26 December 1967 with my brothers and sister. My older brother had discovered its location and had spoken to John Lennon’s gardener, he bored us all silly telling us about it time and time again. We decided to check out the veracity of his tale. When we arrived I was dared to knock on the door, which, with great trepidation, I did. To my amazement John Lennon answered the door, he was VERY charming and, after a 15 minute chat, gave me his autograph."
John signed a diary page, reproduced above. Incidentally, at the time of writing this very autograph is for sale from the good folk at TRACKS. Asking price? £1400.

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