Monday, September 26, 2011

Kath meets Ringo again

Here is another story of a 1st generation Ringo fan meeting the Starr (haha...I am so punny!) this year. She first met Ringo in 1964. As you see in the photo, she is holding up the photo of her meeting him. Does anyone have a copy of that photo???

WHEN Kath Moore first met Beatles hearthrob Ringo Starr almost half a century ago, she thought all her dreams had come true.

So it was a surprise when, more than 46 years later, she was given the chance to come face-to-face with him once more.

Kath, 55, of North Ham Road, Littlehampton, first met Ringo when she was only eight years old, after he visited the town in July, 1964.

“It was all such a huge surprise,” she said. “I couldn’t believe my eyes.

“I remember I was working with my dad on his boat, when he told me that Ringo was in town. I thought he must have been joking or pulling my leg. But when I looked around, there he was.

“I went up and asked for his autograph. I was so shy and quiet. But he was really lovely and friendly.

“When I showed my friends at school they were so jealous. We all used to play at being the Beatles during lunch and I was always Ringo.

“It was just a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Kath had her photo taken by the Gazette as she was asking for Ringo’s autograph – she is pictured, right, with the original photograph and the story as it appeared in the paper.

It was this photo that was the key to her second meeting with the world-renowned drummer.

“I watching the One Show on the Thursday and they said that Ringo would be coming on.

“That’s when I decided to email the show and tell them about my meeting with Ringo.”

Kathy contacted the producers of the BBC programme, sending the photo taken by the Gazette of her first encounter with the drumming legend – and they invited her into the audience on Friday’s show.

“It was all very exciting,” she said. “They phoned me up the next day and invited me onto the show that evening!

“I phoned my husband and we literally dropped everything to get to London.

“It was brilliant – we were picked up in a Mercedes and driven around the city for a bit.

“Then they brought us into the studio and I saw Ringo again.”

Kathy’s photo, sadly, was not shown during the show but she did get a parting gift from the Beatles icon.

“He smiled at me and nodded. My stomach turned over when he did that.

”It was like I was a little girl again. I’ll never forget it. It really was the icing on the cake.”

Kath now has her fingers crossed that she will meet Ringo for a third time.

According to the Gazette report in 1964, Ringo was visiting Littlehampton to get away from London.

He had lunch at the Cairo Club in Surrey Street – now the closed-down Lemon Tree restaurant – and took a boat ride up the River Arun, to Amberley, before heading back to London for a private screening of the Beatles’ first movie, A Hard Day’s Night.

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