Must be a record as earliest Lennon letter to fetch €38k

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Must be a record as earliest Lennon letter to fetch €38k

Britain: The earliest known letter written by John Lennon is expected to fetch more than £30,000 (€38,800) at auction next month.

The 11-year-old Lennon put pen to a fold-out note card shortly after Christmas 1951 to thank his Aunt Harriet for the presents she gave him, including a book about famous ships.

Lennon regularly wrote to his family and friends throughout his Beatles career but the thank you message — with a few grammatical errors — to his mother Julia’s younger sister is understood to be his first letter.

He wrote: “Dear Harrie Thank you for the book that you sent to me for Christmas and for the towel with my name on it, And I think it is the best towel I’ve ever seen.

“The book that you sent to me is a very interesting one. I am at the bottom of page 18 at the moment. The story is famous Ships its all about a man called Captain kidd the pirate.

“I am on the second chapter, the first chapter is called the Victory and the second is called the Mary Celeste.

“Thankyou for the red jumper that you sent to me.

“I hope you have a happy new year. Love from John x”

The letter, which was formerly the property of his cousin David Birch — Harriet’s son — is to be sold by

The auction contains around 300 lots of Beatles and music memorabilia including the address book from Liverpool’s Cavern Club, and a collection of records previously owned by Lennon.

What a night


A Utah police officer who pulled over a car carrying iconic soul singer Gladys Knight was treated to an impromptu rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.

Knight was a passenger in the car stopped for speeding in the town about 60km south of Salt Lake City, Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts said.

Officer Paul Rogerson got the driver’s licence and was checking it in his patrol car when the woman told him that she was with Knight on the way to a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints choir event.

The singer is a Mormon convert, and she was speaking at the event. Rogerson said that he and his wife, who was riding along in the car because it was his birthday, were big fans. When she heard that, Knight got out of the car too and sang the officer ‘Happy Birthday’.

The officer let the driver go with a warning.

Leaving his mark


A burglar has been jailed after he left a trail of floury footsteps from the scene of the crime right to his own front door.

Anthony Rudkin, 48, wore gloves to ransack his neighbour’s flat in Whitecross Road in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. He was unaware that a large bag of flour had been spilt over the hallway carpet and he had walked right through it.

Rudkin returned to his flat having stolen jewellery and a PlayStation 4 from his neighbour who was out at the time. The neighbour returned and alerted police who followed the trail of flour to Rudkin’s address.

He later admitted the burglary and was jailed for two years and five months at Bristol Crown Court.

Dig out


Crowdfunding is being used to help reveal a mystery of early Christianity in Britain that has lasted for more than 1,000 years.

A major exploratory dig will take place on Lindisfarne, off the Northumberland coast, to find the first monastery where the world famous Lindisfarne Gospels were created and where St Cuthbert once lived.

The Anglo-Saxon monastery was founded in 635 by King Oswald and was attacked in 793 by the Vikings in their first major raid on the British Isles.

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