It was exactly 50 years ago when Barbara Bezant and Lyn Jeffries got together to record a message for the Fab Four. They stuck it in the post but didn't hear anything back - until now.
The tape triggered a bizarre chain of events that has ended five decades later with a personal message from Paul McCartney and the pals being reunited on TV. Barbara, 67, of Bay Road, Dovercourt, in Essex said: "We were school friends in south London in the early Sixties. "It was 1963 and we were big Beatles fans so we made a reel-to-reel tape in our bedrooms with silly sound effects and funny voices which lasted about 15 minutes and posted it to them.