A Christmas agenda beatific from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Harold Wilson, which the then-Prime Abbot apparent “no”, has gone on affectation in a museum.
he card, which reads “War is Over! If you appetite it” and is active “with adulation to the Wilsons from the Lennons”, was beatific in December 1969 aback the Beatle and his wife launched a affiche attack as allotment of their accord campaign.
It was rescued from the “nutty filing” chiffonier in Downing Street by secretary and Beatles fan Ruth Ferenczy, who kept the agenda at home until her babe Alex Rowe absitively to accommodation it to The Liverpool Beatles Museum.
Friend of The Beatles Tony Bramwell talks with Alex Rowe (left) in advanced of a ‘War is Over’ Christmas card, beatific in the 1960s by John Lennon and Yoko Ono to the again prime abbot Harold Wilson, and kept by Mrs Rowe’s mother, who formed in Downing Street as a secretary (Martin Rickett/PA)
Mrs Rowe, 51, told the PA account agency: “There was a affair alleged the ‘nutty filing’, so any aberrant column that came to No 10 was put in the ‘nutty filing’.
“My mum was filing one day and came beyond this agenda so she said to her boss: ‘Look at this, the Prime Abbot doesn’t appetite it, can I accumulate it?’ and the bang-up said yes she could.
“Apparently Harold Wilson would abode in blooming pen and if he was activity to acknowledge to mail he would abode yes or no.
“There’s a little blooming ‘no’ on this agenda which agency he didn’t appetite to respond.”
Mrs Ferenczy, now 81 and active in Spain, took the agenda home area it was displayed on a shelf, her babe said.
Mrs Rowe added: “It’s aloof been sitting on a shelf all my life, cipher away has apparent it as far as I know.
“It’s actually gone from No 10 into our control and it’s gone through lots and lots of countries, it’s been annular the apple because we lived abroad.
“One day we were attractive at it, at home in Manchester, and aloof said why accept we not aggregate this, somebody away needs to see it.”
The agenda was apparent at the building on Thursday, aback acquaintance of the Beatles Tony Bramwell batten to admirers who had aggregate to see the display.
Mr Bramwell, who ran the group’s characterization Apple Annal for a time, said as allotment of the War is Over! attack he was tasked with organising for huge billboards abode the byword to be displayed at locations beyond the world, as able-bodied as sending out cards with the bulletin on.
He said: “There were bags of those Christmas cards, we beatific them to everybody in the abode book.
“John and Yoko would accelerate them accurately to bodies they capital to wind up, able-bodied who John capital to wind up and Yoko anticipation would accompany apple peace.
“Anything aimed at Harold Wilson was a dig.
“John had aloof beatific aback his MBE in protest.”
Mr Bramwell said Wilson, who was MP for Huyton in Merseyside, had ahead met The Beatles and airish with them for pictures.
But, he said he was not afraid the baby-kisser had called not to acknowledge to the card.
He said: “He would apparently say no alike if he was offered a box of Beatles records.”
The agenda is the latest account of memorabilia to go on affectation in the building on Mathew Street, which is endemic by Roag Best, the brother of the band’s aboriginal bagman Pete.
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