A day in the life of little Lennon

THERE’S no prizes for guessing which famous muso 18-month-old Lennon is named after.

Or which Beatle is the favourite of the Bandiana toddler’s mum, Belinda Dobson.

They made quite the pair at the weekend’s Beatles festival, Albury’s homage to the fab four in all their mop-topped glory — Belinda, 33, in her Rubber Soul T-shirt, Lennon in his own Magical Mystery Tour top.

“It’s his second festival — you could say he’s been coming all his life,” she laughed, swaying him to the sound of one of three Beatles cover bands to play across the weekend, The Melbeats.

Here’s hoping then he doesn’t become a Rolling Stones fan in his later years ... but, when your mum’s the self-confessed “biggest Beatles fan of her generation”, that might be tough.

Belinda’s own indoctrination began early, when her father played his vinyl records for her.

She was five when she discovered the man she planned on marrying, John Lennon, was dead.

“I was devastated — it still makes me a bit teary,” she admitted.

Though rain on Saturday morning forced the Dean Street street festival indoors, the weather didn’t dampen the mood with just as many locals out and about as visitors from farther afield.

Deniliquin’s Pam Scouller and Ross Elliott were first-timers, despite being huge fans — Pam saw the Beatles play in 1964 at Melbourne’s Festival Hall.

Listening to cover band The Fab Four wasn’t quite the same, she said, but it helped the memories come flooding back.

Then there’s Roe Kirwin from Wodonga, who’s proudly attended every festival and still doesn’t tire of it.

“How could you? It’s just the spirit of the music,” she said.

But what is it exactly, that makes their music so appealing?

“It’s timeless — I don’t think we’ll be sitting here in 40 years time listening to Lady Gaga,” she said.

The question remains though, as always, just who is the best Beatle?

For Roe it was always Paul McCartney — “then John as I got older,” she said — but for her sister, Ringo was the man.

“She’ll kill me for telling you that,” she chuckled.

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