Early Saturday morning, May 21, 1966: Chrissie Shrimpton, Mick Jagger, John and Cynthia Lennon strolling down Portobello Road after an all night party at Mick’s. (Photo published in DISC and Music Echo, July 16, 1966 issue / also in Melody Maker June 18, 1966 issue.) Chrissie wrote about their evening together and early morning shopping trip in her monthly column for Tiger Beat magazine below:
From London With Luv
by Chrissie Shrimpton
Exerpts from Tiger Beat magazine, September 1966
One Friday night (May 20, 1966) when we were all sitting around Dolly’s, I came up with an idea. This may not sound strange to you. But when you’re surrounded by all that blaring music – it’s hard to think of anything at all! I suggested we go shopping in Portobello Road. That meant we would have to stay up all night in order to be up early enough. If you see what I mean. So Mick and I invited some friends round – Keith Moon and John Entwistle from the Who, Paul McCartney, Ringo and Maureen and Cynthia and John Lennon. By early morning though only Cynthia and John were left. Of course, when we got to Portobello Road – at 7:30 (May 21, 1966) – the stall owners were just starting to set up shop. Their faces were absolutely amazed. But I guess it was rather surprising to see Mick Jagger and John Lennon having tea in their local café.
Then we got down to shopping. Mick bought some red drummer-boy jackets for about twenty-eight shillings (four dollars), and John picked a filthy courduroy jacket which he has worn ever since. He also bought a long one piece bathing suit. So the most logical thing to do was make sure the bathing suit worked! We all went back to the Lennon house. There John tried it out in his heated swimming pool. My dog Dora got so excited she jumped in.
Chrissie also reported that: Photographer David Bailey was making a film, G. G. Passion, in which photographer Eric Swayne (Pattie Boyd’s ex) has a part.
Chrissie’s column concluded with a tidbit about Maureen Starkey:
Maureen Starr (Ringo’s wife), was telling me about about a coffee morning she is planning to have. This is in aid of the RSPCC – or the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She is going to invite all her neighbors. And she asked me if I wanted to help pour the coffee for her! I think it sounds like a marvelous idea.