Relax, Holly Johnson’s kid brother Jay has got this one… welcome to A Magical Mystery Tour of Liverpool For Ever
The Magical Mystery Tour is Liverpool’s oldest Beatles tour, dating from 1983, just three years after John Lennon died.
Jay, as you would expect, is full of the witty Mersey repartee for which John and Paul, George and Ringo are famous.
We head out from the Albert Dock on the coach to Toxteth listening to rare renditions of John singing Lonnie Donegan and Gene Vincent.
Bingo, it’s Ringo
Jay points out Ringo’s house and the pub which he used for the cover of his debut solo album Sentimental Journey.
And he explains that Ringo’s mum would play the song on the piano.
Jay reminds us that the city’s airport is named after John Lennon.
And then points out the chip shop named after Ringo.
We pass by all the Beatles boys’ homes, although we aren’t able to stop off at George’s because of Covid.
A two-bedroom house up an alleyway, social distancing was never an option for the youngest Beatle, nor was it for us.
The house in which John spent most of his young years, Auntie Mimi’s, was, in truth, more middle-class.
And Jay reflects on that as Working Class Hero belts out.
A born raconteur, our guide also retells how John’s mum Julia, who had reconnected with the family just before her death was run over in a car crash.
And that some kind of justice arrived for the off-duty policeman who was acquitted at the time, when he later became a postman.
And was given Paul McCartney’s route and so became weighed down with the sackfuls of mail for Macca.
Let it be Paul
Paul’s house is our last stop… it was to be his mother Mary’s forever but she only got to stay there a year before dying of cancer.
Poignantly Let It Be which was inspired by a dream he had of his mum visiting him plays out to the coach and we all join in.
Penny Lane, Strawberry Field and the church hall in Woolton Village where John and Paul first met are the most popular spots.
Before they went out to Hamburg to hone their act.
Jay points out the landmarks in the lyrics…
The Barber who shaves another customer is still there, under new ownership.
Penny for your thoughts
While the shelter in the middle of the roundabout is still there.
And Jay fills in how the Penny Lane area played a huge role in the Beatles’ young lives.
For John, Strawberry Field held particularly fond memories.
It was here that he would climb a tree and ogle the girls from the orphanage.
And Auntie Mimi would warn that he would get hung for that.
All of which sparked him to use the line ‘Nothing to get hung about, Strawberry Fields Forever.’
Meanwhile in the Cavern
Jay drops us back at the Cavern Club with the ticket providing free entry.
To listen to the tribute acts in the club where they and music’s finest have graced.
Looking back now, I say, well done Jay.
It really was A Magical Mystery Tour of Liverpool