Broad Street Video Competition

Sunday, February 10, 1985

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Monday, February 10th was an unforgettable day in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. John Barnsley and their three children, the day they travelled to London from their home in Stafford, to meet Paul and Linda McCartney! It all came about because their 11 year old daughter, Sarah, was a whizz at video games. One day last July, she saw that there was a competition in Your Commodore magazine, involving the popular Broad Street game, based on the feature film by Paul McCartney, and as she was quick at the game, she decided to enter. It required getting the game completed as quickly as possible, which is fairly difficult at the best of times, and answering some questions. She sent in her results, and didn’t give it much thought until, much to her surprise and delight, she received word in December that she had been streets ahead of the field on the time, and had won first prize in the first competition she’d ever entered. The prize was to come to London for a day and meet Paul and Linda at the MPL office in Soho. Her brothers Christian, 13 years and 8 year old Timothy also had the day off school for the event. Upon arrival at MPL they found a computer had been set up waiting for Sarah to show her skills to the McCartneys. Linda snapped the photos while Paul had coffee with the family and chatted to Sarah about the game. Afterwards they tucked into a quick lunch at McDonalds before embarking on a coach tour of London, hitting all the high spots from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace. The one they missed was Broad Street Station, which is no longer in use!

From Club Sandwich N°40, Spring 1986

Last updated on May 2, 2020

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