With the approach of Lafrowda Day 2016 on July 16th Tom had been recalling the extraordinary impact for him of the afternoon procession on the Lafrowda Day of the previous year. In particular it was the Yellow Submarine advancing down Fore Street in St Just that had appealed to him. What was it about it that had resonated so strongly for him?
Some of you may remember seeing the original animated film when it was released in 1968 (Director George Dunning, Artistic Director Heinz Edelmann). At that time, Tom was a second year student in Fine Art at Newcastle University at the time. He hitch-hiked down the A1 and M1 one weekend, spent some time in the National Gallery and then went to see the Yellow Submarine film in Leicester Square that evening. Watching the trailer online brought it all back for Tom ! The Guardian ran a fascinating article about it just before the re-release ( http://www.theguardian.com/film/2012/nov/19/beatles-yellow-submarine-simpsons-shrek ) which discusses the origins and making of the film. All kinds of interpretations have been brought to it. For Tom, however, in addition to enabling the Fab Four to save Pepperland through music from the devastating effects of the Blue Meanies, the Yellow submarine was simply a wonderful image of community inclusion.