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Old May 27, 2009, 04:31 AM   #1
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Default Yoko Ono accepts key to city of Niagara and sends special film of unseen footage

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Yoko Ono accepts key to city of Niagara and sends special film of unseen footage for celebrations

Ono offers 40-year-old footage, sends regrets for city commemoration
by Corey Larocque , The Niagara Falls Review, 23 May 2009

Yoko Ono sent her regrets to an invitation to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her honeymoon trip to Niagara Falls with John Lennon, but the widow of the late Beatle is sending never-before-seen footage of their trip.

“We’ll have exclusive stuff,” said Bill Colclough, a public programmer at the Lundy’s Lane Historical Museum.

He learned through the mayor’s office Friday that Ono would not be able to attend an event the museum is organizing to pay tribute to one of the most famous honeymoon couples to visit Niagara Falls.

“But she is sending 10 minutes of footage. It’s a DVD. It’s 10 minutes of whatever they were doing when they were here,” Colclough said.

The museum is organizing “All We Are Saying,” a one-day musical event May 30 to pay tribute to Ono and Lennon’s visit to Niagara Falls.

Music students and the choir from the Drummond Hill Presbyterian church will perform, but other musicians are invited to make impromptu performances to celebrate Lennon and Ono’s legacy. The event will be held at the Battle Ground Hotel, a museum property on Lundy’s Lane east of Drummond Road.

“All We Are Saying” borrows from the lyrics of “Give Peace a Chance,” the anthem recorded in Montreal during Ono and Lennon’s famous”bed-in for peace.”

In May 1969, newlyweds Lennon and Ono held their famous “bed-in for peace” in Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel. They went to Montreal because Lennon was not allowed into the United States because of an earlier marijuana charge.

The eccentric couple spent a week in bed, wearing white pyjamas and holding court with reporters, actors, musicians and other celebrities to espouse their philosophy on peace.

At the end of their stay in Montreal, they went to Toronto. While there, they skipped up to Niagara Falls. About nine seconds of footage of that trip is included in a music video for Lennon’s version of “Stand By Me.”

The footage on loan from Ono will be screened on a big-screen TV at the Drummond Hill Presbyterian church as part of the museum’s event.

Colclough said he wasn’t surprised to learn Ono couldn’t fit the event into her schedule because it was late notice. The museum got city council to issue the invitation in early May.

”The whole point was to recognize that anniversary. There are enough talented kids in the city to get them to come out and play and have some fun,” Colclough said.

Colclough and city clerk Dean Iorfida used the Internet, Facebook and Twitter to track down an address to send an invitation to Ono at her New York residence.

On May 11, Mayor Ted Salci sent a letter to Ono’s studio in New York City.

The Ono-Lennon honeymoon has become an almost-forgotten part of the bed-in for peace, Colclough said, adding the DVD footage would be a valuable addition to the museum’s collection. Museum staff will honour whatever terms under which Ono loans the DVD.
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The pictures on that are fabulous, loved the handwritten lyrics! Thanks so much for posting that Lucy!
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