New custodianan expert on Lennon Mar 31 2004
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By Louise Davies, Daily Post
A FORMER school teacher from Woolton has been appointed custodian of
John Lennon's childhood home.
Colin Hall beat off strong competition from a number of short-listed
John Lennon experts to be named as custodian of Mendips for the 2004
Mr Hall has moved into the house, in Menlove Avenue, which he will
maintain on behalf of the National Trust and welcome visitors five
days a week.
He said: "I decided to apply for the role as it ties in with my
background as a teacher and my love of the Beatles.
"I grew up in Woolton and know the area well. In fact I was at the
same garden fete in Woolton quarry where John Lennon and Paul
McCartney first met.
"My role will be to meet tourists and bring them into the house John
occupied from the age of five to 23 with his auntie Mimi and Uncle
George and share my knowledge of his early life there. Visitors then
get to explore the house and ask questions.
"I really enjoyed the interview process for the job as I love sharing
my knowledge about John Lennon. It is a dream job for me as I have a
fascination with John and music in general."
Mr Hall, who has moved from the Peak District to take up the post,
said his interest in Lennon had always centred around his young life
in Liverpool and how this shaped his future as a music legend.
"I am fascinated by John's early life in Woolton and how
his upbringing with Auntie Mimi affected his fate," he said.
"Many people don't know that he was a real animal lover or that his
favourite food was egg and chips and Mimi's special fish.
"However, most visitors want to know which rooms his songs were
written in or where he played his guitar."
Simon Osborne, Liverpool properties manager for the National Trust,
said: "It was a rigorous interviewing process and Mr Hall's knowledge
and background as a school teacher meant he was the perfect choice
for the job."
Lennon lived at Mendips from 1945 to 1963.
The house was bought by Yoko Ono in 2002 and immediately donated to
the National Trust.