What if The Beatles had never formed?

The runaway success of American stars like Frank Sinatra, Johnny Ray and Elvis Presley ensured that by 1957 Britain’s teenage market for short, catchy songs delivered by handsome men was firmly established and clamouring for home grown talent. But if a 16-year-old tearaway from Liverpool called John Lennon had decided not to enlist the services Read More…

Askers: do you want to know a secret?

From chic stopover for the well heeled motoring grand tourists of the 1930s, to a key destination for ravers, Askers Roadhouse Hotel had led a chequered career by the time it was consumed by fire soon after an infamous 29-hour rave in the early 1990s. But its greatest claim to fame – a visit by Read More…

And this is me…

Nick Churchill has been sticking words together professionally for more than 25 years. Currently he is a busy journalist and has undertaken a wealth of celebrity interviews and human interest features to writing speeches, generating web and media content and production scripts. His first book, Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Beatles & Bournemouth – was met with great and Read More…

Bournemouth in the Stones Age

When William Wordsworth wrote: ‘Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven’ he could have been writing about the seismic cultural changes which occurred in post-war Britain. For many in the UK, the 1960s was ‘that dawn’ and to be young and in the right place at Read More…

Steve Cropper 2013

  Ever been so into something you can’t quite remember what you’re doing and why? It’s like you’re concentrating so hard so that you don’t forget a single second that you actually lose all reason and sense of time and place. It happens to me when I really wish it wouldn’t – ten minutes into Read More…

Remembering Sheila Casey

The singer died in the early hours of December 16 after a long and brave battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Howie. As the McKinley Sisters, Sheila and her sister Jeanette made a string of charming white bread pop singles in the early to mid-1960s, performing Sweet and Tender Romance on Ready Read More…

They loved it, yeah, yeah, yeah

Of all the places that ‘had their moments’ according to the lyric of John Lennon’s elegiac song In My Life, 46 years since its release, Bournemouth fits the sentiment as well as any that figure in the history of The Beatles. Still revered as one of the greatest – and most commercially successful – groups Read More…

Tony Benn 2009

Like the Beatles or Guy Fawkes, Tony Benn is part of our collective conscience; he’s in our national DNA. Revered and reviled in equal measure, he’s said he thinks it’s a bad week if he doesn’t receive at least one death threat. Which should give the pre-eminent left-wing politician of the last 50 years plenty to Read More…

The Times of his life in Bournemouth

MUCH is made of the current obsession with celebrity, but it’s nothing new – fame has always been newsworthy. Even more so when a star comes down from the firmament and lands on your doorstep. It’s nearly 50 years since Tony Crawley came to Bournemouth from Salisbury to take over the show page of the Bournemouth Read More…

One for the road

FROM the Russian mafia to Noel Gallagher, Pete Bell has fronted up to some seriously frightening people in his time. He’s got “messed up” with Johnny Depp in the Viper Room in Los Angeles (the club outside which actor River Phoenix collapsed and died in 1993). As a former tour manager for top acts including Read More…