The road from Sandbanks Ferry winds its way along the edge of Poole Harbour, past scores of palatial-looking houses. I drive along Panorama Road a lot and it always makes me think of John Lennon’s beloved Aunt Mimi. She lived in a bungalow called Harbour’s Edge that her famous nephew bought for her in 1965. Lennon often visited with his first wife Cynthia and their son Julian and much to Mimi’s annoyance tour guides on pleasure cruises round the harbour used to bellow into their megaphones and point out where she lived.
Mimi died in 1991, 11 years after Lennon was murdered in New York, and her house was later demolished. But she had a huge influence on Lennon and I’m glad to see that she gets several mentions in Mick Manning and Brita Granström’s stunning new children’s book about The Beatles. Mimi brought John up after his parents’ marriage broke up and he was devoted to her. A rebel at heart, he even used to change into his “rocker’s jeans” at the bus stop so he wouldn’t upset her.