John Lennon’s sister Julia remembers late singer on his 80th birthday

John Lennon’s sister has opened up about growing up with the late singer in Liverpool, revealing their mother would rehearse with the Beatles as teens in the kitchen. 

Julia Baird, 73, who continues to live in Liverpool, appeared on This Morning today to mark what would have been the music legend’s 80th birthday , and told of the ‘close knit’ family unit in which she and John grew up. 

She told how their mother, who was also called Julia, always ‘encouraged’ the singer’s dreams, despite other parents they knew deterring their children from pursuing a career in music. 

John’s sister told how their mum would play the ‘washboard and the banjo’ as her son practised in their Springwood home, and that her brother and pal Paul McCartney had a ‘determination’ that other young musicians didn’t. 

John Lennon's sister has opened up about growing up with the late singer in Liverpool, revealing their mother would rehearse with the Beatles as teens in the kitchen. Pictured, John in 1963

John Lennon’s sister has opened up about growing up with the late singer in Liverpool, revealing their mother would rehearse with the Beatles as teens in the kitchen. Pictured, John in 1963

Julia Baird, 73, who continues to live in Liverpool, appeared on This Morning today to mark what would have been the music legend's 80th birthday

Julia Baird, 73, who continues to live in Liverpool, appeared on This Morning today to mark what would have been the music legend’s 80th birthday

‘We didn’t know any differently,’ said Julia. ‘John was our brother, we were always together. It was a very close knit family for the youngsters.’ 

When asked whether she always knew that John was special, she admitted that having a brother in a band was nothing special in their local community. 

‘Everyone had a brother that was in a group,’ she told. ‘But they all dropped off as they got to 15, their parents got them out, [they] went to university, they all wanted to do different things. But John and Paul had a determination the others never had.’ 

Speaking of her late mother she went on: ‘In our kitchen in Springwood in Liverpool, is where our mother not just encouraged and said you can have the kitchen to rehearse, it but joined in. 

John's sister, pictured with her brother as children, told how their mum would play the 'washboard and the banjo' as her son practised in their Springwood home

John’s sister, pictured with her brother as children, told how their mum would play the ‘washboard and the banjo’ as her son practised in their Springwood home 

Julia told that her brother and pal Paul McCartney (back row, right) had a 'determination' that other young musicians didn't. Pictured, The Beatles at the BBC Studios, London in 1963

Julia told that her brother and pal Paul McCartney (back row, right) had a ‘determination’ that other young musicians didn’t. Pictured, The Beatles at the BBC Studios, London in 1963

‘She played the washboard and the banjo, my mother wanted to be in the group herself I think.’  

Julia described her brother as ‘ a bit bossy’ but reminisced about memories of trips to the cinema and John helping her with school work. 

She said: ‘He’s six and a half years older than me, very much the older brother – a bit boss. He played with us, drew with us, practised our time tables with us, took us to the cinema to see Elvis and then the little picture and then Elvis again.’

John’s family always held a place in his heart, with Julia revealing he picked them out of the crowd ahead of the Liverpool premiere

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