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January 25, 2021

Swimmer Norma Campbell in Her Rubber Diving Suit With Autographs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1965

Should she swim in her new fashionable rubber diving suit or not? If she does, four precious words written on her suit may be washed off. And that means Beatles fan, Norma would lose her autographs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.


Norma Campbell was the top women diver of the Subaqua Club at Scarborough, Yorks at the time. She let the suit to a television company who wanted to use it in a Lennon-McCartney “spectacular” due to be seen in December 1965.

“The names were written with a felt tip pen, and I must try to preserve them,” said Norma. “Someone told me their hair lacquer is waterproof, so I think I’ll spray them with that before I take a dip.”




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