On 4th February I had the pleasure of delivering the Age UK Richmond lecture and Q&A titled Ticket To Ride: A magical history tour of Abbey Road, Beatles walks, Beatles Fandom and Progressive Nostalgia.
The demographic of my lecture ranged from 40 to 80 years old. The stories, anecdotes, wit and playful creation of these Beatles fans amazed me. A BBC film maker, called Chris, remembered being charmed by all four Beatles on the stairs of 3 Savile Row as they prepared for their famous roof-top concert on 30th January 1969.
Septuagenarian fans reminisced on the excitement of hearing the Beatles’ first album Please Please Me for the first time in 1963. Academic, Dr Holly Tessler, told me of The Beatles: Music and Heritage MA she is starting at the University of Liverpool in September 2021. The Q&A abounded with funny, surreal and wry comment: a heart-warming riposte to Covid and the winter chill! Age UK Richmond are doing magnificent work supporting the elderly in very challenging times. I felt honoured to speak at one of their events and to interact with such a wide range of fascinating Beatles fanatics.
Age UK Richmond upon Thames is a local independent charity supporting older people across the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. For further details of upcoming events please contact Age UK Richmond at ageuk.org.uk/richmonduponthames/
Dr Richard Mills
Dr Richard Mills is a Senior Lecturer in Literature and Popular Culture at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.