Tuesday 27 September 2016

Magical Mystery Tour bus joins colourful funeral service for Beatles tour guide

Published 11/08/2016 | 15:01

The Magical Myster Tour Bus outside St Mary's Church, Little Crosby, Merseyside, to carry mourners for the funeral of Liverpool Beatles Tour Guide Phil Coppell
The Magical Myster Tour Bus outside St Mary's Church, Little Crosby, Merseyside, to carry mourners for the funeral of Liverpool Beatles Tour Guide Phil Coppell

Pallbearers aptly dressed in Sgt Pepper outfits have bid a final farewell to one of Liverpool's first Beatles tour guides.

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Phil Coppell, 66, who died on August 1, had led countless Magical History Tours around the city, which he knew "like the back of his hand".

At the service, mourners were asked to wear bright ties in homage to his collection of Beatles design ties.

The Crosby photographer, who had been a huge Fab Four fan and expert, even gained a Master of Arts degree in The Beatles, Popular Music and Society from Liverpool Hope University in 2013.

He took tours of sites relating to The Beatles and The Cavern Club and led the successful campaign to save Ringo Starr's birthplace from demolition.

In August 2015 he was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus and made the announcement on Facebook, saying: "There is no easy way to tell people this and I could not face ringing people up, so I decided on social media, I hope you understand. I have Cancer."

The colourful service for Mr Coppell was held at St Mary's Church in Little Crosby and saw mourners transported in a psychedelic Magical Mystery Tour bus.

Mr Coppell is survived by his wife Paula and their two daughters Joy and Grace.

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