Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The girl from Bangkok in the Netherlands

I found an interesting story about a girl from Bangkok, Thailand  that wanted to see the Beatle so badly that she traveled to the Netherlands in June of 1964 to see them in concert.     Here is some of her story.

The story begins on June 6, 1964 when a newspaper in Holland talk about the reactions fans have upon learning that Ringo will not be going the Beatles on the tour due to illness.

The difficult decision has been made, Ringo Starr, surely in Holland the most loved Beatle, will be replaced during the period of his illness.  The Dutch teenagers will see the Beatles with a stranger in their midst, a virtually unknown drummer, who will have the very difficult task to take Ringo's place behind the drum set.   Yesterday evening The Beatles were rehearsing, with their new and temporary drummer, the numbers they are going to play today in Copenhagen and in the next few days in our Country.  At that moment Ringo was lying on his white hospital bed, separated, far away from loud teenage music, from the winding music and the fans, who have been ringing him up day in and day out for several months to make it impossible to have a quiet life.   But, in the hospital he will feel unhappy, as regardless, he will now find out, personally, what a hard world showbusinesss is; as The Beatles will be able to perform without him. 

 I believe that the appearance of The Beatles without Ringo Starr, has lost a substantial amount of its attraction, and questions have to be asked whether it was a good idea to replace him after all because the Beatles are no longer The Beatles without Ringo.     Our teenagers are therefore very disappointed that Ringo is not coming.  A 14 year old girl told me, "I cried when I heard."   A 16 year old girl told me, "I want to go and visit him, now that he is ill.  I can not enjoy the Beatles.

 A blond was seen earlier this week in this paper and she was happy then.  She had flown over from Bangkok to see The Beatles and to meet Ringo.  Trudy Bennick has, due to flight costs, paid fl.4000 for her Beatles-ticket.  Now she no longer appears happy.  Ringo, her favourite is ill. "I am still looking forward to going to Blokker, but the real excitement is no longer there" she said "I feel so sorry for Ringo, that he is lying there in the hospital."  The girls with her are Trudy and Marti Ziekman, the daughters of the family with whom Trudy is staying.  They too are going to see the Beatles, and they are also sad because of Ringo.  With them, thousands of Dutch teenagers are disappointed. 

 And here is the article from when she met them

Beatles Appearance set back for press and public

The problems started at Amsterdam airport where the police manhandled a reporter, who ended up with a few bruised ribs.  When everybody went in the direction of the VIP lounge for the press conference, it was found that they were in a waiting room.  The Beatles were obviously not important enough to get the VIP lounge. 
Fans were waiting for hours around the Delen hotel for the return of the Beatles from Hillegon.  There were no real problems, although a police officer was accidentally hit by an iron bar, there were also some minor acts of vandalism, such as a letterbox pulled out of the ground, and part of the pavement damaged.  The Beatles returned, and around 10pm appeared an number of times on their hotel balcony.  It remained relatively noisy around the hotel for some time. 
A girl came all the way from Bangkok, and she was allowed to ask some questions during the interview, but she would surely have had most pleasure from the personal meeting she had with the Beatles (see photograph)



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