In May 1965, Gwyn Nicholls (now Blanchard) was a 13-year-old Beatles fanatic, attending Durrington Secondary Modern School.
She lived with her family in Army accommodation at Larkhill, right on Salisbury Plain, as her Dad was in the Royal Artillery who were based there.
When Gwyn and her friends heard that The Beatles were coming to the Plain to film their new movie, Help!, they decided they just had to try and snatch a glimpse of them.
Little did she know!
After school on the first day The Beatles arrived, Gwyn and two of her friends travelled to where they knew the lads were. This involved a bus ride and then about half an hour's walk across the Plain, but it would be more than worth it.
It was raining when they got up there and they saw The Beatles pass by in their limo, waving, and dive into a small caravan.
After some obligatory screaming, the girls decided to wait outside in the hope of getting some autographs.
It would seem that the Fab Four then took pity on these young fans outside getting wet, as their road manager Mal Evans came out and invited them inside, to actually meet their heroes!
Gywn's memory of the day is still vivid as she recalled:
"I was the first one in and it was absolutely wonderful. We were all over the moon, giggling and going hot like you do at that age.
"They asked if we'd come straight from school, which was actually pretty obvious as we were all in green and white!
"John Lennon shook my hand and I told him I'd never wash it again, but of course, I did."
"It was very quick, but it was happy and we were there long enough to get all their autographs.
John Lennon shook my hand and I told him I'd never wash it again, but of course, I did
"It was a small caravan, there was only room for John and Ringo to sit on a seat which probably came down into a bed.
"Paul and George were behind me and Paul was my favourite, but I didn't get much of a chance to talk to him.
"It must have taken an hour to walk back home that night, but it didn't matter, we were laughing and giggling and had got what we wanted, the envy of everybody at school."
You'd think this would have been enough for any avid Beatle fan, but not for Gwyn and friends.
Knowing The Beatles were there for several days, they decided to go up everyday!
'I Need You'
There again the next evening after school, they watched the filming of the sequence where The Beatles perform the George Harrison song 'I Need You'.
Even though the studio version is actually used in the movie, Gwyn distinctly recalls them playing live and Ringo having flexi-screens placed round his drums to baffle the sound.
Gwyn's Beatles photos and autographs recently fetched £2,200 at auction
The next day they really decided to go for it and bunked off school to try and get some photos.
Gwyn said: "There wasn't a lot of people around then, the tanks were there, as The Beatles were being chased across Salisbury Plain.
"It took all day to film, and in between times they were sat in bunkers, being as there's lots of those up there.
"We can't have been more than about 12 feet away from them.
"Eleanor Bron (co-starring in the film) joined us and she was a lovely lady, talking us through the film and telling us what was going to happen.
"I had a little Kodak camera, I don't even know if it had a flash on it."
Fast forward from May 1965 to November 2009 and Gwyn's autographs, and her handful of black and white snaps are up for sale at a special pop memorabilia auction at Cameo Auction Houses, in Berkshire.
"I first thought about selling them in the 1980s as Blue Peter were having an auction at the time, but I was talked out of it and told to keep them," said Gwyn. "But I decided that now was the time, as I've enjoyed them and was ready to let them go before I got too old to enjoy any proceeds."
Not that she thought they were worth a great deal anyway:
"A little while ago I'd seen other autographs auctioned and thought there might be some interest, but didn't think mine were good enough quality to get very much.
Gwyn had cherished her Beatles autographs for 44 years
"The autographs were a little smudged from the rain on the day and I didn't think the photos were particularly good, but thought it might all make someone a nice little keepsake.
"I discussed it with my husband, Brian and I said we should put a reserve on of £300. If I got £500 I'd be really pleased, but if they didn't reach £300 then I'd bring them home again."
The auctioneers however, saw things a little differently:
"They said we should put it all in as one lot and estimated it somewhere in the region of 'one and a half, two'.
"Brian said no, we wanted a £300 reserve and they said, 'thousand'!.
"We were absolutely amazed and just could not believe it.
"So they put a reserve of £1000 on and it started from there.
"It eventually went for £2,200. We were absolutely staggered. I just never thought there would be that much interest".
The news of the auction and the items sold went around the world and Gwyn found herself in the national press, on regional TV, on various websites and also doing telephone interviews for radio stations in the USA, China and Russia.
Looking back on those few rainy days in Wiltshire in 1965, Gwyn, who now lives in Hook in Hampshire, said:
"It was a little girl's dream come true really, not that we thought we were little girls at 13.
"It was an amazing experience, not only to meet your idols, but talk to them and see them play on Salisbury Plain, which is quite an amazing place to be anyway.
"It was just something we had to do. You get a one-off chance at a lot of things in life, and you either take it or you miss it, so we took it!"
Read the full story of when The Beatles came to film Help! on Salisbury Plain in 1965 at the link below.
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