John Lennon and Cynthia Powell

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John Lennon and Cynthia Powell were married on August 23, 1962 at the Mount Pleasant Registry Office in Liverpool.  George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Brian Epstein The Beatles‘ manager) attended the wedding as the Best man. The wedding was a farce (with no photographs or flowers) because as soon as the ceremony began a workman in the backyard of the building opposite started using a pneumatic drill which drowned out anything the registrar, Lennon or Cynthia were saying. When the registrar asked for the groom to step forward, Harrison stepped forward, which increased the confusion. They celebrated afterward (at Epstein’s expense) in Reece’s restaurant in Clayton Square with a set menu of soup, chicken and trifle, but no alcohol, as Reece’s did not have a beverage license. Reece’s was the same restaurant where Alf Lennon and Julia Lennon (Lennon’s parents) had celebrated after their marriage twenty-four years earlier in 1938. The same night Lennon went to play in Chester. Their marriage was kept a secret for a while by Brian Epstein.

Cynthia Powell was born on September 10, 1939 in Blackpool, England. John met Cynthia at art school in Liverpool, England in 1957. They had one son, John Charles Julian Lennon, who was born on April 8, 1963 in Liverpool at Sefton General Hospital. Julian’s relationship with his father was distant as he only saw his father only a few times before John’s death.

Cynthia Lennon has claimed that her marriage to John was ruined because of physical abuse, infidelities, jealousy, and LSD. John and Cynthia’s marriage ended in divorce on November 8, 1968.

Since the divorce, Cynthia has been a restaurateur, a designer, an author, and a television personality. She currently lives in Spain with her husband Noel Charles.

Cynthia has married three times since her divorce from John:

- Roberto Bassanini, hotelier, married on August 1, 1970 and divorced in December, 1973.

- John Twist, an engineer, married in May, 1976 and divorced in 1983.

- Noel Charles, nightclub owner, current husband.

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