During 2012 a long lost and very special piece of Beatles History, the psychedelic Sgt Peppers Gypsy Caravan, previously owned by John Lennon, was rediscovered. The caravan is undergoing an extensive and highly specialised restoration to bring it back to the glory of its 1967 debut. Over the next 18 months the Delight Makers charity will be undertaking the restoration, whilst producing a documentary of its untold story.
The aim is to have the restored caravan and film ready to take the caravan on tour to promote peace education. The project is called Peacing Together.
In addition to preserving a unique piece of Beatles History and cultural “memorabilia”, the documentary of the untold story aims to broaden our insight and understanding of John Lennon, beyond his well known contribution to music and world peace.
It is hoped that the caravan and Peacing Together tour will act as a catalyst and provide an opportunity to reach out and connect with a global audience to raise funds and awareness for peace and healing.
Martin King, Peacing Together at the Beatles Story
It is always exciting when a missing part of the Beatles story suddenly comes to light, whether that is an item of clothing, a guitar or in this case a Romany caravan! That’s a first for me I really have to say, but it is really exciting because it ties in with the spirit of the time.
The Beatles were going psychedelic; they were no longer the Fab Four of the early sixties. There was that edginess, there was that element of the psychedelia where Rolls-Royces could be painted up, where John was obviously aspiring to have the freedom of the open road with a caravan and was painting flowers and scrolls. And, what did that lead to? Well, that moment in rock and pop history called Sgt Pepper. So, it is an important part of culture and consciousness for the whole world and that is pretty much summed up with a caravan that is currently being worked on.
The Beatles Story is always delighted to look at parts of John, Paul, George and Ringo’s history. Things that have got provenance that were truly part of the story we embrace and we want to make accessible to the whole cadre of Beatles fans worldwide. This fits that category admirably, so we were delighted when we were approached and I am delighted to do whatever I can to reach out to the world for this project.
All of the Beatles were interested in peace and love “All You Need Is Love” they famously said. It fits in very much with the legacies of all four of the lads to actually commemorate John’s legacy with regards to peace and everything associated with that. It is a fine set of objectives that attach themselves to the restoration of the caravan and I think John himself would really appreciate that.
Now, if I can speak directly to every Beatle fan across the world, especially those who enjoyed and visited the Beatles Story, and ask that you look to support this important part of Beatles history, to help bring the Romany Caravan back to life and to support the peace objectives that are associated with it. Can you give generously; we want to support it don’t we, all Beatles fans?
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Mandatory Credit: Photo by BILL ZYGMANT / Rex Features John Lennon’s Caravan
THE BEATLES – 1967 GYPSY PAINTED SERGEANT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND 20285a
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