‘Here comes the bums’ – cheeky tribute to the Beatles!


We love this yeah, yeah, yeah! – A unique piece of modern art will be unveiled – next Wednesday 18 November – at the spot where the Beatles once sat on Plymouth Hoe.

Casts of four fab butts have been laid in the ground where John, Paul, George and Ringo posed for a picture that has gone on to become one of the most famous images of arguably the best band of the 1960s – or ever.

The image was taken by music photographer David Redfern and shows ‘The Fab Four’ with an all-white Smeaton’s Tower in the background. They were in the city to pose for photographers while making ‘The Magical Mystery Tour’ film.

Now Beatles fans can recreate the image of this famous picture by sitting on the Hoe on copper bottom moulds made by Thrussell and Thrussell, a duo of artist metalsmiths based on Bodmin Moor.

They were ably assisted by top UK tribute band, ‘The Fab Beatles’ whose bottoms were used to create the moulds!

Each member of the band was lowered into a sand pit to create an initial impression. Concrete was then poured in to create the moulds.

These shaped the copper that has been used to create the artwork. The finished piece will feature a textured design with motifs inspired by the 1960s.

Councillor Leader Tudor Evans: “We want more ‘day trippers’, tourists and locals to relive this moment that has become a piece of pop history.

“We did it with a little help from our friends in the Fab Beatles… and Plymouth Culture. Once we’ve unveiled this we will be looking forward to seeing lots of pictures on Twitter – perhaps with the hashtag #beatlebums. We think this is something everyone will love, love, love.”

Deputy Leader Peter Smith said: “David Redfern’s is one of the most famous pictures of the Beatles and this is one of the few places where such a fab view is linked to the Fab Four.

“We want people to have fun here and take their own pictures inspired by David Redfern’s famous photograph.”

To celebrate the unveiling a special concert by ‘The Fab Beatles’ will take place at the Athenaeum on Friday 27 November from 8pm.
Tickets are just £5 per person and can be bought from www.fabbeatlesplym.eventbrite.co.uk.

‘The Fab Beatles’ will recreate a set list from one of the two concerts the Beatles performed at the ABC in 1963 and 1964.

More events that explore the time the Beatles were here including talks and guided tours will take place next year.

To find out more about the project visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/artshoe.