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30th October, 2013
"50 years ago today I met The Beatles": We speak to Gunilla Day
By October in 1963, The Beatles had already become a house hold name in the UK but they were aiming for Europe and their first stop was Sweden. The Beatles played five shows in five days in five cities in Sweden (Karlstad, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Borås and Eskilstuna).
The Beatles played a sixth show on the 30th October but it wasn’t a public performance, it was a small recording for a TV show entitled Drop In. Before recording, the producers of the TV show chose a contestant for a pop quiz and a young lady named Gunilla Olofsson went onto the quiz, won and her prize was to meet The Beatles.
We spoke to Gunilla, who is now Gunilla Day to find out what it was like meeting The Beatles, here’s what she said:
Gunilla watching The Beatles perform on 'Drop In' before meeting the band.
“I met The Beatles in Stockholm 50 years ago today after being in the audience on a TV show called Drop In. I was picked to be in a pop quiz on the show and I won it. The prize was to meet The Beatles whilst they were on their first tour abroad.
"I met John, Paul, George and Ringo after the show and I also attended a press conference when they arrived. I was kindly invited by Swedish TV to all of their gigs and radio concerts in and around Stockholm and I even had a spot of lunch with the boys in the TV studio.
"I also met Brian Epstein a few days earlier when The Beatles played a show in The Karlaplan Studios in Stockholm, he asked if I was a singer and I stupidly said no, I often wish I said yes! I also briefly met Paul on that day, he told me that he liked my name and wanted to write a song with my name in it, unfortunately that's yet to happen and I'm still waiting for that one.
Gunilla spent time with The Beatles, had lunch together and got her picture taken with John, Paul (above), George and Ringo.
"The week after meeting The Beatles I got interviewed on the Drop In about meeting them. I will never forget the time we spent together and although they weren’t huge in Sweden at the time, it’s amazing looking back as they got to be so famous and still are to this day. My wish now is to meet Paul again and get the photo of us together signed by him.”
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