Published: September 8th 2009September 7th 2009
This is St. Peter's Church in Woolton. The first place John's group sang in public. They played at garden parties etc.He sang in the choir here too. In her book his sister, Julia revealed that they also performed at a local golfclub.
Saturday we went to see an Abbey at Melrose. while the abbey was built first around 1130 AD, the Romans were known to have been in this area (and most of great britian) as far back as 67 AD. Whats left of the abbey was very well presented.
Sunday we went to a donkey sanctuary. They currently have 56 rescued donkeys. Johnnie knew it was there and wanted to see it. Eleanor had not been there before.
Sunday night we drove to Edinburgh to see the firework presentation. the fire works are set off from the Edinburgh castle and last for an hour. They are timed to accompany a live orchesta. Over 200,000 people watched. The finale was the Halleuliah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. It was magnificant.
Monday we went back to Edinburgh and toured around. We stopped at Holyrood House, the Queen's Scottish palace. We wandered around looking for her but I think we just missed her by a few days! Once when they were walking down the street Eleanor asked Johnnie what she was listening to on her IPOD... It was The Beatles singing Auld Lang Syne written by Robert Burns. Graham chuckled when he heard
This is the gravestone of Eleanor Rigby at St.Peter's Church in Woolton. The Father MacKenzie they sing about in that song was someone John knew and he even hung around The Cavern Club once in awhile.
about them singing that Scottish classic. We also went to the art museum and saw some classics. Johnnie liked seeing a painting of a Nativity with a bagpiper playing for the Baby Jesus.
Today we are going to visit Graham at work then go out for supper. Tomorrow we will pack up early & head for Glasgow to catch the plane home.
Johnnie has really enjoyed staying at 34 Kilncroft in Selkirk. It is where Eleanor lived 50 years ago when they started writing to each other. Her father, John even lived there as a child. Graham and Eleanor live up the hill on Victoria Crescent. Johnnie is very sad because we have not been able to see Eleanor & Graham's daughter Michelle. She lives in Aberdeen and weather conditions are making it hard for her to drive to Selkirk. Johnnie did had a nice visit with her on the phone.
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