It was 25th October 1968 and I had paid my usual Friday visit to the hairdressers and arrived at the club mid-morning to start work. Dad was stocking the Top Bar when I arrived.
“We’ve had a visitor,” he said.
“Who was it?” I asked.
“Paul McCartney,” he said.
“So I’ve missed him?” To say I was disappointed doesn’t come close.
“Don’t worry, he’s coming back,” Dad assured me. “You finish stocking the bar and put some champagne on ice. I’m going to the photography shop to buy a camera.”
Dad walked across North John Street to Photo Optics in Dale Street. He had to spin the photographer a yarn that he wanted to take photographs of a group in the club and asked if he’d come over and set up the camera so he wouldn’t have to do anything but take photos.
Paul had just walked into the club and out of the blue, while Dad was stocking the Top Bar ready for the evening.
Recognising him instantly, Dad held out his hand.
“Hi, Alf Geoghegan, the Cavern.”
Paul shook his hand and replied, “Hi, Paul McCartney, the Cavern. I’m going over to the Wirral to deliver a record player to Ruth, my stepsister, and I’d like to come back later. I’ve got my girlfriend in the car and I’d like to show her the Cavern, on one condition – you don’t tell the press.”
“You’ve got it,” Dad said. “Would you mind if we took some photographs?”
“No, that’s fine, I’ll be back in about an hour.”
Dad locked the main door to prevent any visitors wandering in. We gathered by the bar where Dad offered them a drink and proceeded to open the champagne.
Linda Eastman Takes a Photograph
“I’ll do that,” Linda said. “I’m a good bartender.” She took over and served the champagne.
Dad made a toast: “To Paul and the Cavern.”
He asked Paul again if he could take some photographs and was about to pick up the camera, when Linda said, “I’ll do that, I’m a good photographer.”
She picked up the camera and after altering all the settings started to take the shots. Dad was afraid she’d messed up the camera!
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