John Kenton

John Kenton was an 18 year old gardener who helped move the band's equipment.

"It was very exciting. Quite exceptional – the band were at the height of their fame. Just making films was unusual and most films were made in studios, not outside like this. They got there early in the morning and spent all day doing phrases and retakes as the technology was not so sophisticated in those days. It was a young industry and much more primitive, quite shambolic really. Even the mike stands didn’t stand up!

I remember they spent a lot of time between takes in the old 50's caff. They all smoked constantly and looked very at home.

Pupils from the school over the road came, so the band took refuge in the potting sheds at the back of the Conservatory. 

My fondest memory is of John Lennon asking if he could ride my bike – it was a Moulton – then a modern bicycle and he had never ridden on one before. The other three stood watching and ribbing him as he cycled around the walled garden."

Shirley Bascran, Nigel Fox, Sandy Loewenthal, John Kenton at Chiswick House Exedra
Shirley Bascran, Nigel Fox, Sandy Loewenthal, John Kenton at Chiswick House Exedra

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