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Have a great day Colin ..not too long on the crossing mind

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Super Wammer

Yep , have a great day colin , a selfie on the crossing might look cool....:close:getout da way ya fool.

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Well what an amazing day we had, arrived at St Johns wood tube station at 10am and walked the 800yds to the studios. Turned into abbey Road, to be confronted by a mass of people, trying their hardest to get run over, while having their photos taken, on the crossing :). Outside the studio a queue had formed and we joined the end(being British), after chatting to some people, who had come down from Hartlepool for the day, we were soon frisked for bombs ect, and relieved of any food and drink we had (??) and then we were ascending the famous steps (note the VIP lanyard :D).

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You enter the reception, and are directed down numerous corridors, adorned with wonderful photos, of all the greats who have recorded there over the years. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take any photos in the communal areas, only the studios :( 

We are told, we are very lucky that no one is recording in Studio 1, so are allowed to look in and take photos, it is huge, the size of a small football pitch! with an incredibly high ceiling.

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After standing in awe, at the sheer size of the recording space, and the fact that you are actually standing on this hallowed ground, we move on to studio 2, where most of the Beatles albums were recorded, and where the talk is being held. This studio is smaller than 1, but still very large. There are seats set out for around 150 people and a screen for the media content. In this room are numerous old pianos, and organs which have been played by the likes of Mrs Mills, Russ Conway, Paul McCartney and Billy Preston, to name but a few. As we were told during the talk, any of these, could be behind glass in a museum, but are wheeled around from studio to studio, and used on a regular basis!

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We were also allowed upstairs into the control room :)

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After the lecture (1hr 20mins) on the history of the building, which included a lot of humour and a considerable amount about the Beatles, we left, very begrudgingly, and went to the shop. 

All in all a day we will never forget, when asking Jan if she had enjoyed it (I had kept it a secret) she told me that if she had a bucket list, being able to go inside Abbey Road studios would have been at the top, result I thought!

Hearing Twist and shout played in the studio, where it was recorded , made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and there may have been a tear or two :) 

I'll add some more photos later.

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It certainly was Les. Here are a few more photos.

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Looks like you had a great day ….:^

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