Beatlemania in Almeria at the Lennon Almería Forever Festival

The recent Lennon Almería Forever festival in Almería city was a huge success with Lennon fans from across the region meeting up in an evening of Beatlemania last Friday.

Professor Juan Carrión was guest of honour, and even at the age of 90 was still sprightly, according to guests there.

Juan is a famous English language teacher who setup a chain of English schools, and pioneered the informal method of teaching English, by reading and singing, especially Beatle songs, which he loved.

When he heard, back in the 60’s, that Lennon was filming How the war was won in Almería he travelled down by bus from Cartagena and spent a week pestering the entourage until he was granted an interview with the big man.

You see, back in the 60’s, Juan had a big problem – he had to transcribe the lyrics himself! But Lennon spent half an hour chatting with him, they got on well, Lennon loved the idea of using his songs to teach English and later on he sent Juan the transcripts of all his songs. He might not have been so enthusiastic if he had known that Juan had just signed a contract to teach English to the Spanish Army units in Cartagena…

Juan Lennon in Almeria – a clipping from the time

The night, held at the Gran Hotel (where Lennon always stayed when he was in town – he had to, it was the only decent hotel, and was purpose built to accommodate the foreign film stars of the time) was four hours of beatle music.

Journalist Adolfo Iglesias also launched his new book, “Juan & John, el profesor y Lennon en Almería para siempre” about the meeting of the two, and the time that John L spent in the province.

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