Beatles tour takes fans back to swinging 60s sites on 50th anniversary of seminal album

Fans of iconic band The Beatles were taken back to the swinging 60s on Sunday with a special bus tour.

Music Heritage organised the tour on a classic London Routemaster bus in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the band’s album ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.

The tour made stops to various locations across south west London famous for being part of the bands history.

Tour organiser Paul Endacott said: “It’s very important that the Beatles era of music is recognised.

“During the 1960s, young people were expected to conform to post-war ideas, and music was a safe way to express themselves.

“The Beatles were so revolutionary, and I think that needs to be celebrated. Especially given what happened in London over the weekend, celebrating the city in this way is even more important.”

The tour began at the Hard Rock Café in Mayfair, before making its way through London, including the Richmond Jazz and Blues Festival venue, where the band first performed some of the songs on ‘Sgt Pepper’.

The bus also stopped at Twickenham Studios, where the album was recorded, and finished the day at a special by the Beatles 4Ever Tribute Band at One Kew Road in Richmond.

All who took part in the tour seemed to enjoy the trip down memory lane, with some dressing up for the occasion, including long-term Eastenders extra Shrimpy aka Ben Champniss, who donned the mod-look his character is known for.

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