A Charred Day’s Night.

The Beatles Story at the Albert Dock

 THOUSANDS of pounds-worth of souvenirs were damaged when a fire broke out at the Beatles Story Exhibition in the Albert Dock. No one was injured in the blaze which broke out in a stock room of the popular exhibition, and the priceless memorabilia were also unaffected by the fire. A spokeswoman for the fire service said that the blaze broke out in the warehouse basement and a significant quantity of cardboard boxes were completely destroyed. It was estimated around £10,000-worth of souvenir stock at the popular tourist attraction was ruined.

The sprinkler system also came on in public areas, soaking the carpets which staff spent yesterday cleaning and drying.

Operations manager Louise Collier praised staff for evacuating the building when the fire broke out just before noon on Saturday.

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Lennon killer movie leaves little to the imagination.


The assassination of John Lennon on a winter’s night in New York, is burned into the memory of almost everyone over a certain age in the western world. For millions of fans, that senseless moment seemed to signify the end of an era. To Andrew Piddington, the director of a new film about Lennon’s killer, Mark Chapman, it marked the beginning of an obsession.

After several years researching the minutiae of Chapman’s life, Piddington is finally ready to unveil The Killing of John Lennon, the first biopic to offer an insight into the twisted mind of the notorious killer, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

From the start Piddington, a veteran television director, knew the decision to make a film about the assassination on December 8, 1980 was not going to be universally popular.

“The killing of John Lennon is a volatile subject that still generates a lot of emotion,” he admits. “In taking on such a subject through the eyes of his killer we are almost inviting adverse criticism and scorn. But I didn’t want to take any soft options. I know the realism could upset people, but I feel we have a responsibility to the truth.”

It seems unlikely that Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow, will appreciate Piddington’s efforts. In a recent interview she said documentaries and films about Chapman — such as Chapter 27, a second film about Chapman to be directed by Jarrett Schaeffer, and planned for 2007 — bring back painful memories.

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