Magical Mystery Tour (1967, The Beatles)


As a film, it's for fans only. The tour bus is a wackily-painted Bedford VAL14/Plaxton Panorama I registration URO913E, "supplied by Foxes of Hayes ( Middlesex) whose yard was in Featherstone Road, Southall. The yellow/blue basic livery of the Beatle's coach was Foxes' base livery." (thanks Paul Hilton).


Allan Haynes was sound assistant on the film: "The location was the RAF aerodrome at West Malling, near Maidstone, Kent, which was redundant and on a 'care and maintenance' basis. Ringo actually drove it in the film;
I think he must have had some previous experience as I saw him come back from a familiarisation run around the airfield perimeter, looking extremely confident."


Allan also supplied some snaps from filming of the 'I Am The Walrus' segment - this features the Beatles as themselves and dressed as animals, thus:

Allan notes, "The concrete wall in the background is part of an aircraft protection pen put up in the early days of the jet fighters."



[Note that Allan retains the copyright on these black and white photographs, and they should not be reproduced without his permission.]

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