President Hotel, Nathan Road
The Beatles signed this for Wes Epae, 50 years ago on the 8th of June, 1964.
Wes was a
member of a New Zealand band, the Maori Hi-Five. The band was the one of the supporting acts for the Beatles' shows at the Princess Theatre the next day. When Wes visited the Beatles in their hotel suite at the President Hotel, he asked for their autographs. The nearest piece of paper was this sheet of hotel stationery....
Soon after, Wes passed the paper as a gift to Pixie Monteiro, his future wife. At the time she was an entertainer and model based in Singapore, and coincidentally would also meet the Beatles.
From Hong Kong the Beatles traveled on to Australia and New Zealand, then returned to England with a re-fuelling stop at Singapore. The Singaporean government asked Pixie, on behalf of the people of Singapore, to go on to The Beatles’ plane to present them with songkoks, a cap worn in Singapore and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
Later that year Wes and Pixie married, but subsequently divorced. Pixie has since re-married and is now known as Linda Weisser. She has kept this paper safe for close to fifty years, only recently deciding to sell it. It is now part of local collector Roy Delbyck's collection.
If you were in Hong Kong when the Beatles visited, do you have any memories or memorabilia you can share?
Thanks to local collector Roy Delbyck for showing this item from his collection, and explaining its background. Roy has an interesting assortment of books, documents and other memorabilia related to Hong Kong and China, and would like to hear from readers with similar interests. If you'd like to contact Roy, please send me an email and I'll forward it to him.
Where was Ringo?
Ringo was sick and had to miss the Hong Kong shows, so Jimmy Nichol was hired to play drums in his place. Once Ringo recovered he rejoined the tour in Australia.
Video of the Beatles' flight to Hong Kong and their time in Hong Kong:
Press conference in Hong Kong:
Interview in Australia, discussing their time in Hong Kong:
Elsewhere on Gwulo.com this week:
I am a history research student in the University of Hong Kong.I am currently also preparing a research project about the youth cultures in Hong Kong in the sixties, in which the Beatles visit to Hong Kong will be a central part of my research. As a result, I am also looking for materials and people that is related to the Beatles visit to Hong Kong in 1964. Does anyone have any materials related to that event or do you happen to know anyone that was related to or took part in the event?It would be very valuable for my research and I would be very grateful. Thank you very much for your attention.
Which bit is the front?
Which part was on Nathan Road - the side with the slope, or the side with the name?
The sloped entrance ramps for cars were on Lock Road, and the side with the President sign would be Peking Road.
Lock Road must've been a busy place considering it's a fairly skinny road. Does anyone have any pics?
Was it on the same block as Swindon? I can't imagine such a huge building on Lock Road either.
Re: It was on the opposite side of Swindon
It was on the opposite side of Swindon. Actually the former Hyatt Regency was demolished just a few years ago and in its place now stood an awkward shopping arcade called i-square. It is really quite a 'square' place with so many escalators and passages. Maybe it's just me, I don't like its layout.
postcard of lock road ramp of the president/hyatt. this was used by tourist buses and delivery trucks. the door led into the back of the lobby with the seating area and coffee shop
front and side of the hotel probably taken from chungking mans
selection of matchboxes from the hyatt
Hi Vanessa - any chance of uploading a copy here - I'm afraid I don't do facebook anymore (as you may have gathered already).
philk - as you may have gathered too, fb is my preferred site for uploading images (just so easy to do). also you don't have to be a fb member to visualise the links as i have removed all the privacy settings. maybe when gwulo makes it as simple, i will do the same - cheers
Hi Vanessa, I can't seem to do it, it just keeps telling me I need to login. No worries, I'll try badger someone with an FB account to let me have a peek. Cheers Phil
Facebook photos from the links above.
Cheers Annelise. So now I can see the ramp. Even now I can't believe Lock Road had so much space. It feels really closed in these days.