Lennon and McCartney Liverpool Childhood Homes To Be Staffed By Married Couple
by Emily Gosden, Liverpool Echo
February 18, 2011
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A HUSBAND-and-wife team will show visitors around Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s childhood homes when they reopen next weekend.
Sylvia Hall will take over as custodian of 20 Forthlin Road, where Paul McCartney grew up, following the departure of the house’s only previous custodian last year.
Mrs Hall’s husband, Colin, is the custodian at John Lennon’s childhood home, Mendips.
Mrs Hall, a former teacher, has been working as a full-time author and recently published a novel called Circle of Fire.
The National Trust, which owns both the properties last night said Mrs Hall had been appointed in a temporary capacity and that a search would be launched for a new permanent custodian later this season.
The last resident tour guide, John Halliday, had lived and worked at 20 Forthlin Road since the property opened to the public in 1998. He left the job in November a few days before the end of the 2010 season and Mrs Hall also acted as temporary custodian then.
She has also worked at Mendips, where she lives with her husband.
Mrs Hall said: “I’m really excited about welcoming visitors to 20 Forthlin Road.
“It’s an iconic house with a wonderful story to tell – and of course we have Mike McCartney’s fantastic collection of family photographs on display as well as other Beatles’ memorabilia.”
Mr Hall has spent the closed season researching the guitars that Lennon would have played and owned while at Mendips, and the music he would have listened to as a teenager.
He said: “It’s an exciting time. There’s a distinct buzz in the air and a feeling of anticipation which is gathering momentum as we head towards opening.
“Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road are only closed for 3 months from end November to end February, and the time goes really quickly.
“I’m now making sure that any last minute jobs are completed before the house opens to the public on Saturday February 26.”
The National Trust said that advance bookings were up 30% on this time last year. The two houses attracted 17,000 visitors last year.