It would be hard for the young girls today who have a “thing” for the likes of Justin Bieber and the new boy band New Directions who toured New Zealand recently, to realise that their grannies were just like them 48 years ago. Way back in 1964 girls of my era were screaming, fainting, and playing hooky from school to get a glimpse of the Beatles when they landed in Wellington. They gathered at Wellington Airport, then later at the Hotel St George in Willis Street, screaming their little hearts out. Some even climbed up on the building, and managed to get inside the room of their idols.
No such excitement for me though. In June 1964 I was a young married girl, 7 months pregnant with my first baby. I really thought that my carefree teenage years were over, and I felt burdened down with my upcoming responsibilities. How sad I felt, to be unable to see the Beatles.
Photographer: Morrie Hill, The Beatles at Wellington Airport, June 1964
But life went on, and I got over my disappointment when I first looked down at my new born baby boy. He will be turning 48 in a few months time, doesn’t time fly. And how do I know it is 48 years ago? Easy, I’ve just read an article in the weekend newspaper about the Beatles visit to Wellington which brought back all these memories.