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Off the cuff

Psychic Gavin Cromwell tries on John Lennon's jacket at the Beatles Story. It's a perfect fit, but there's more....

Published on July 20th 2007.

Off the cuff

It's not often that The Beatles Story is scene for the paranormal, but this week it wasn't so much toe-tapping as table-tapping that filled the hallowed vaults there.

For Gavin Cromwell was in town. Who Gavin Cromwell? An expert at psychic phenomena, that's who, and he has been seeing things that aren't there since he was a small child.

I'm getting a feeling from the pockets that he was thinking about employing a new cook. And I'm getting a feeling from the cuffs....

It all began when he visited Tredegar House in his home town of Newport, South Wales. Gavin remembers, as he approached the house for the very first time, “looking up to the big windows and spotting at a man who had long dark curly hair and a white ruffled collar”. He was waving at him.

Laurence Llewelyn Bowen was nowhere in the area, Gavin insists, and the psychic has been immersed in the odd ever since.

Now Gavin has grown into a blond, coiffed and pierced 25-year-old, all ready to take his place in the world of celebrity. His new TV show is at the centre of a fierce bidding war between two rival channels, his manager tells us, and the fun-loving and omnipresent Hollyoaks cast have been lining up to take part in his all-night vigils.

However, Gavin's first love is the Beatles, and he was here at Albert Dock museum, at the invitation of action television actor Jack Marsden.

Jack, a confessed fan of Liverpool Confidential, is, more importantly (to some), the owner of John Lennon's jacket: the black velvet job that he wore in the Imagine video.

The Beatles Story hang on to it in a sterile glass case, for safe keeping, but young Gavin was about to try it on, so to speak, - and also see what vibes the Working Class Hero might have left on it.

If the museum's shop, a memorabilia and fridge-magnet magnet for hundreds of thousands of tourists, wasn't enough to enthral Gavin (an avid fan of the group since 12) then what was to follow was.

After being carefully brushed down, J&J's Jacket was handed to him.

“It's a perfect fit,” he gasped under the watchful eye of Jamie Bowman, Beatles Story press supremo. “I can't believe it,” he went on. “I am overcome with emotion.”

Gavin was ushered past crowds of curious visitors to the quieter “Cavern” room, where he addressed a hushed gathering.

“As soon as I put it on, I could tell...” Gavin almost whispered. “I'm getting a letter. I have a feeling that a psychic had prewarned John about the assassination - in a letter. But he and Yoko had just laughed about it...

“The second thing I'm getting is...ooh, I dunno, a mental issue?... Like he was seeking advice from a therapist or something...And I think he wanted to make a fresh start..."

There was a pause. “He was on the brink of a lot of new ideas and plans,” Gavin told the rapt audience. “And I can feel something about a building,” he fished around for words, “I think he had plans to build a building from scratch.

“I'm getting a feeling from the pockets that he was thinking about employing a new cook for the house,” said Gavin. “And I'm getting a feeling from the cuffs that he was thinking of coming back to the UK to do something.”

The avid Beatles fan who had “burst into tears” when first told about the jacket gig, wrapped it up there, leaving the sceptical and the believers in silence.

But Gavin did learn one fact - and not from the buttons: That Brian Epstein was gay.

“I had no idea!” shrieked the lifelong fan, after revealing to us that that other Beatles “haunt”, the Jacaranda, in Slater Street, had been giving off strong vibrations of bisexuality when he visited earlier.

"Don't let on to the bouncers," we chorused.

Gavin's admission paled, however, when one Liverpool-based PR person, who shall remain nameless - but not shamelss - suddenly piped up that she could not name any of the fab four at all.

“Is one called George? I'm from Buxton,” she smiled.

We made our excuses and left; vowing to have a long look at Lennon on Wikipedia.

The jacket went back in the box.

*Next time: Cardiff psychic Charlotte Church goes to Washington to try on Monica Lewinsky's dress.

What do you think? Psycodazzle, or psycobabble? And which rock n' roller's clothes would you like to try on? We need to know.

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Phil McCrackenJuly 18th 2007.

Jeez, I didn't realise that one of them was dead. And one was gay? Hope that the others are alright. ps Is one of them called George?

Mark Garner The PublisherJuly 18th 2007.

Don't be putting any expenses in for this one Angie. Mind you, young Gavin will have told you that already.

ringoJuly 18th 2007.

You can't, you're an airport and you haven't got an email address!

John Lennon AirportJuly 18th 2007.

I'm going to haunt this lot.

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