Better Late Than Never: McCartney replies to Beatles fan 50 years later

Better Late Than Never: McCartney replies to Beatles fan 50 years later
Better Late Than Never: McCartney replies to Beatles fan 50 years later (Photo courtesy Oil Grill)
Two Beatles Fans Get Reply from Paul McCartney After Fifty Years

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney was finally able to respond to a unique fan message sent to him December 1963 by the teenagers Lyn Phillips and Barbara Bezant who were ages 19 & 17 at the time. The two young ladies, like millions around the world, were struck by Beatle mania.

According to the BBC, both girls were from South London and had recently seen the “Fab Four” perform at the Lewisham Odeon venue. Knowing the group was performing at the London Theatre, they recorded a message on reel-to-reel (predecessor to cassette tapes) and mailed it off to the venue. The tape never made it to the Beatles.

Now, fifty years later, local historian David McDermott purchases the recording at a “car boot sale” (English equivalent of a mass community yard sale). McDermott finds the tape historical and inquires if the two girls are still alive. Eventually, the two women are reunited on the set of BBC One daily program “The One Show” to listen to the recording and reminisce.

To top off the event, the two ladies were given a message by Sir Paul McCartney wherein he thanked them for the lovely message which he was grateful to receive after all these years.

“Hi Linda and Barbara, thanks very much for you lovely tape. It finally got through, better late than never,” read the letter from the Beatle. “Great to hear that you found each other after all these years. Keep enjoying the music, love Paul.”

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Karen is a Toronto based writer, and has been writing full-time for eCanadaNow since May of 2011, covering many topics including politics and world issues. Prior to her work writing and editing for eCanadaNow, she worked as a freelance journalist. You can email Karen at [Karene at ecanadanow.com]