Monday 18 December 2017

How Ringo and John slipped out for a guinness

The Kestrels
The Kestrels

Unknown to the fans, shortly after the start of the first show, two of The Beatles and two members of support group The Kestrels slipped quietly from the Adelphi, making their way to a nearby pub for a pint of Guinness.

They timed their escapade to perfection. Dressed in disguise, Ringo and John casually left the cinema soon after the early acts went onstage and walked down the street in the company of Roger Greenaway and Jeff Williams. They visited what was most likely the Oval Bar in Middle Abbey Street.

"The big thing I remember about Dublin was going to the pub close by to have a Guinness," says Roger Greenaway, of The Kestrels.

"We went with Ringo and John, who were heavily disguised. God knows how we got to the pub but we did.

"We got away with it. I remember it vividly. I know the pub was very, very close. It was on the same side of the road as the theatre."

Jeff Williams of The Kestrels also recalls the adventure: "If you think about it, it wasn't that difficult. If you're in the theatre or in the hotel, where people would expect to see you, you would be recognised. But you can get away with just walking up a road.

"People don't expect you to be there." The foursome of Guinness drinkers returned to the Adelphi in time for their allotted slots in the second half of the early show.

Irish Independent

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