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High school and college-age girls can now apply for a scholarship via, and donors can contribute to create more opportunities.

“We’re pleased to announce that we’ve expanded The Cynthia Lennon Scholarship for Girls to include art students in the U.S. The application process is open now and the deadline for entries is March 17, 2021. The winner(s) will be announced on April 1, 2021, to honour Cynthia on the anniversary of her passing. In addition to the winner(s) receiving funds and having their artwork in the spotlight, a select number of finalists’ artwork will also be featured in future TWFF communications.
How to Apply

If you are a U.S.-based female student who is currently in high school or college and is passionate about art, we encourage you to apply! Details about the artwork you’ll need to create for your entry and the theme can be found at Please note: if you don’t already have an account on that platform, you’ll need to create one to apply.
How to Donate

If you are a supporter of The White Feather Foundation and would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to help accelerate the education of an aspiring artist, visit and choose an amount to give. 100% of your donation goes to the scholarship winner(s).

The Cynthia Lennon Scholarship for Girls already has over 300 applicants on—Please spread the word and share this message so that more students and donors have the opportunity to participate. The White Feather Foundation Team thanks everyone for their help.”

The White Feather Foundation Team


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On March 26th 1968, Paul McCartney and then-fiancee Jane Asher were very briefly interviewed by Richard Whitmore for BBC-News as they arrived in London, returning from meditation with the Maharishi in Rishikesh, India. Paul is asked about the poverty in India, and both are asked about the effects of meditation.

Q: “Well, you look very happy. Do you feel better after five weeks of meditation?”

PAUL: “Yes, yes. I feel a LOT better, except for the flight, you know. That’s quite long. I’m a bit shattered. But the meditation is great.”

Q: “What exactly have you been doing? How do you meditate?”

PAUL: “You sit down. You relax, and then you repeat a sound to yourself. And it sounds daft, but it’s just a system of relaxation and that’s all it is, you know. There’s nothing more to it. So that… We meditated for about five hours a day in all. Two hours in the morning and maybe three hours in the evening. And then the rest of the time we slept, ate, sunbathed, and had fun.”

Q: “How do you equate… with the extreme poverty that exists in India, presumably you saw some of this?”

PAUL: “Yes. Oh yeah. Uh, I don’t equate it, you know, because it’s nothing to do with it. His idea is to stop the poverty at its root. See, if you just give handouts to people it’ll stop the problem for a day, or a week. But in India there’s so many people, you’d really need all of America’s money poured into India to solve it, you know. And then they’d probably just go back the next year and just lie around. So you’ve got to get at the cause of it and persuade all the Indians to start working and start doing things. Because their religion is very fatalistic, and they just sort of sit down and think ‘Well, God said this is it, so it’s too bad we can’t do anything about it.’ And Maharishi is trying to persuade them that they CAN do something about it.”

Q: Jane, did you go for a holiday or did you go to meditate as well?

Jane Asher: Oh, to meditate.

Q: (to Jane Asher) “What effect has it had on you? This presumably is your first big meditation.”

JANE: “I think it calms you down. It’s hard to tell because it was so different, life out there. It’ll be easier to tell now that I’m back and doing sort of ordinary things to see just what it does.”


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Paul McCartney has said he will always remember his long-time friend and fellow Merseyside singing star Gerry Marsden with a smile.

Marsden, whose band Gerry and the Pacemakers were behind hits like You’ll Never Walk Alone, Ferry Cross The Mersey, I’ll Be There, How Do You Do It? and I Like It, died hospital in the early hours of Sunday aged 78.
He worked the same Liverpool/Hamburg music club circuit as Sir Paul in the Beatles and many other groups in the early 1960s.

Paul tweeted: “Gerry was a mate from our early days in Liverpool. He and his group were our biggest rivals on the local scene. His unforgettable performances of You’ll Never Walk Alone and Ferry Cross the Mersey remain in many people’s hearts as reminders of a joyful time in British music…
“My sympathies go to his wife Pauline and family. See ya, Gerry. I’ll always remember you with a smile. – Paul”

Ringo Starr also paid tribute to Marsden, and sent “peace and love” to all his family.

You’ll Never Walk Alone became a football anthem for Marsden’s home club of Liverpool.
Sir Kenny Dalglish, who was Liverpool’s manager at the time of the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989, tweeted: “Saddened to hear the news of Gerry Marsden’s passing today. You’ll Never Walk Alone is an integral part of Liverpool Football Club, and never more so than now. RIP Gerry, our thoughts are with Pauline and his family.”

Marsden went into hospital on Boxing Day after tests showed he had a serious blood infection that had travelled to his heart.
It was a short illness but Marsden had suffered previous heart scare including triple bypass, an aortic valve replacement and ironically he also had a pacemaker.
His daughter Yvette Marbeck told the PA news agency: “My sister Vicky and myself have always been very, very proud of dad.
“He has always been a good man. He had his feet on the ground. He made us laugh every single day. He was our hero, wonderful.”

Singer Elvis Costello posted a link to the song Away From You, adding: “I was saddened by Gerry Marsden’s passing. His voice will always lead the way at Anfield, in times of celebration or lament. YNWA. He (and his brother, Freddie) wrote some great tunes.”

You’ll Never Walk Alone enjoyed a resurgence during the pandemic after a cover of the song, featuring Captain Sir Tom Moore, reached number one in the UK singles chart.
In April, Marsden recorded a new version of the band’s hit alongside a music video, which featured Marsden and a number of messages about the NHS.
Gerry and the Pacemakers enjoyed sell-out tours around the world.
In 1962, Beatles manager Brian Epstein signed up the band and their first three releases reached number one in 1963 – How Do You Do It, I Like It and You’ll Never Walk Alone.

The group split in 1967 and Marsden pursued a solo career before the band reformed in 1974 to tour the world – a tour they later repeated.
DJ Tony Blackburn was among those paying tribute.
“So sad to hear Gerry Marsden has passed away. I did a couple of gigs with him and he was great,” he wrote on Twitter.
“RIP Gerry.”

Frankie Goes To Hollywood singer Holly Johnson, who is from Liverpool and covered Marsden’s song Ferry Cross The Mersey, said the singer was a “Liverpool legend”.“So sorry to hear about the passing of Gerry Marsden,” he wrote on Twitter.“What a Liverpool Legend. So glad I met him.”

Liverpool FC tweeted: “It is with such great sadness that we hear of Gerry Marsden’s passing.“Gerry’s words will live on forever with us. You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

The Cavern Club, where Gerry and the Pacemakers played nearly 200 times, wrote: “Devastated to hear of the passing of Gerry Marsden earlier today.

“The word legend is often overused but Gerry was not only a legend, but also a very good friend of The Cavern.”

Marsden was awarded an MBE for his charity work in 2003.He married wife Pauline in 1965 and the couple had two daughters and two grandchildren.


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An Antiques Roadshow guest was completely stunned to learn the value of a helmet once worn by late Beatles legend John Lennon.

The BBC One series returned to screens on Sunday night with new coronavirus safety protocols in place. One guest brought in a police helmet which belonged to her father but was worn by Lennon when he and his Beatles bandmates, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, visited the Birmingham Hippodrome in 1963 for a performance.

The woman’s father, Ivor Gordon Russell, was one of the officers escorting the Beatles in. She explained: ‘They had to get them through the screaming girls and they didn’t know quite how they were going to do it. The sergeant had the wonderful idea of, why don’t you put helmets on them and make them look like policemen and we’ll get them through the girls. ‘John Lennon wore my father’s helmet. The paparazzi were out and took pictures… they took them into the theatre without any problems.’ Presenter Marc Allum weighed in: ‘It’s a story that’s gone down in pop legend really and we’re talking about the height of Beatlemania here.’

The officer’s daughter then revealed: ‘What was wonderful was that the Beatles were so easygoing at that time when it was so much fun it seems because my father told us they were great company and the inspector who was in charge of them invited them round for tea.’ As well as the hat, the owner brought in a book which had been signed with the band’s autographs. Unfortunately, Russell died at the beginning of 2020 and his daughter had hoped to bring him on the programme to tell his own story.

Marc said: ‘This is an object with a great deal of provenance… here we have John Lennon in the middle doing the policeman salute. This is the actual helmet in that photograph on John Lennon’s head.’ He then joked: ‘I can’t help feeling this helmet has a bit of John Lennon DNA on it and that’s what makes it so special. ‘It’s a really difficult one, collecting Beatles memorabilia is still a really hot area.’

Revealing the helmet’s value, Marc said: ‘I know you’re unlikely to sell it but I’m going to have a go at putting a good value on it because I think if this came up at a pop and rock memorabilia auction, it would go for between £5,000-8,000.’ Russell’s daughter was completely stunned and said: ‘Wow, that’s lovely.’