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Beatles 50th Blog posts of '1969' 'June'

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 30, 1969

John and Yoko vacationing in Scotland....

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 29, 1969

John and Yoko drove to Scotland today for a short holiday after visiting Wales. The Beatles were taking a break from the Abbey Road Sessions and this month was for resting and vacations.

The couple left their white Rolls-Royce at home, and instead took their Mini Cooper bringing along six year old Julian Lennon (without Cynthia's permission) and Yoko's daughter, Kyoko Cox who was five.

On the first leg of the journey, to visit his aunts Nanny and Harrie in Liverpool, Lennon realised the Mini was too small to carry the four of them and their luggage. He instructed his chauffeur Les Anthony to bring them a more practical British Leyland Austin Maxi. Anthony then took the Mini back to Weybridge.

They stayed in the small village of Durness, in Sutherland in the Highlands. Lennon had previously enjoyed childhood holidays in the area between the ages of nine and 14, staying at the remote family croft at 56 Sangomore at Sango Bay which he had helped his Uncle Bert to renovate.

Lennon's cousin Stanley Parkes later recalled "John never forgot those times at Durness. They were among his happiest memories. He loved the wilderness. John was nine when he started coming up with my family to the croft in Durness. The croft belonged to my stepfather, Robert Sutherland, and John just loved the wildness and the openness of the place. We went fishing and hunting and John loved going up into the hills to draw or write poetry. John really loved hill walking, shooting and fishing. He used to catch salmon. He would have been quite a laird. In the last letter to me before he was killed he quoted a famous Scottish saying that says 'It's a braw, bricht moonlicht nicht since I last had a word'."

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 28, 1969

Nothing going on today except this........

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 27, 1969

No news today

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 26, 1969

It was a quiet day.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 25, 1969

Nothing much happening on this date.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 24, 1969

In the UK The Ballad Of John And Yoko by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 23, 1969

John Lennon and Yoko Ono paid went on a short visit to Wales before setting off on a motoring holiday in Scotland, 

First, they drove to Tywyn, a seaside resort on the Cardigan Bay, on the west coast of Wales. With them were Lennon's six-year-old son Julian and Ono's five-year-old daughter Kyoko Cox.

The visit was just days before the investiture ceremony held at Caernarfon Castle in north Wales for Charles, Prince of Wales, which took place on 1 July 1969.

The tourists sent a postcard, bearing the image of the 20-year-old prince, to Ringo Starr and his family, c/o Peter Brown at the Apple offices at 3 Savile Row, London. It contained the simple message: "Hello".

The postcard, bearing the postmark of Tywyn and dated 23 June 1969, was included in Starr's 2004 book Postcards From The Boys.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 22, 1969

Today in the US people were listening to Get Back by The Beatles. In UK The Ballad Of John And Yoko by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 21, 1969

The Beatles' single, Get Back, is #1 in the US charts for the fifth straight week. This will be its final week in the #1 position.