From: wjk (Will@utcalcis.demon.co.uk)
Subject: Re: Alfred Lennon
Date: Sat, 6 Jul 1996 16:34:48 +0100
Alf Lennon was sent to Bluecoat Orphanage (near Penny Lane) when he was
2, and left when he was 15. A week later he met Julia Stanley (who was
14) in Sefton Park, Liverpool. He was considered unsuitable in every way
by Julia's family, but still, on the 3rd of december 1938 they were
maried at Mount Pleasant registry office. It was just for a laugh,
really. Straight afterwards they both went back to their own houses and
stayed there. The next day Alf packed up all his belongings and set off
working on a liner going to the West Indies.
He visited rarely, and when he did he moved in with Julia and her
parents for a few weeks at a time. After his Christmas visit in 1939
Julia found she was pregnant. Alf wasn't around. Later on, he jumped
ship in America, and didn't tell Julia--she found out from the shipping
Later, with no sound from Alf still, Julia moved into a flat with
John Dykins and John. This was when Mimi took John to live with her, as
Julia was still married and they only had 1 bed in their flat. Alf
heard of this and decided to take John on holiday to Blackpool. John was
5. Alf then decided to take John and move to New Zealand. Julia went to
Blackpool and demanded her son back. Alf asked John who he wanted to go
with, he said 'Daddy'. Julia turned to go and John ran to her. Alf never
saw John again until he found out he was famous. John moved in with Mimi.
No one contacted Alf when Julia died in 1958 is because no one knew where
The next thing anyone heard of Alf was a newspaper heading saying
"Beatle Dad Washes Dishes At Greyhound Hotel In Hampton Court."
This was 1965. Alf had no idea of his son's fame, and when he found out,
he went to see John. John didn't want to see him, but he was almost
blackmailed by the press reports saying Alf was a poor old man whilst
John lived in luxury. They met and it went well. On the 2nd occasion, Alf
was invited to stay with John and Cynthia overnight. He ended up staying
for 3 days and having some largly emotional scenes with John.
John was furious when Alf released 'That's My Life' under the
piccadilly label, as it was so similar to 'In My Life' from Rubber Soul.
At this time, Alf, or Freddie as he'd become known, was 53. Brian Epstien
managed to stop the sales of the single, which made Alf and his producer
pay John a visit. They had the door slammed in their faces.
In January 1968, Alf became engaged to a 19 y/o student, Pauline
Jones. Alf persuaded John to employ Pauline as his personal assistant,
but this only lasted 5 months. Next, John bought Alf a house in Kew
Gardens, West London for £15,000. He also furnished the place and gave
his father a weekly allowance. Then they decided to move to Brighton,
which John also funded. Alf and Pauline's first son, David, was born at
the same time as John and Yoko's wedding in 1969. Alf tried to visit
Tittenhurst estate, but was again shown the door.
Alf died of cancer on April 1st, 1976. John offered to pay the
funeral expenses, but Pauline wouldn't let him. John, now tired of
saying goodbye, didn't attend the funeral.