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Beatle widow Yoko Ono visits First World War exhibition at Folkestone Library.

The widow of Beatle John Lennon, who has artwork in this year’s Folkestone Triennial, visited the Folkestone During the War show at the town’s library yesterday.

She spent three-quarters of an hour there despite a busy schedule visiting Triennial displays.

Ono had turned up on the last day of the show by Folkestone and District Local History Society.

War is over, if you want it. Yoko Ono at the Folkestone First World War exhibition.
War is over, if you want it. Yoko Ono at the Folkestone First World War exhibition.

Secretary Peter Bamford said: “She said she was moved by the part Folkestone played in the war. She asked why the display was ending that day and why it was not run for longer.

“It was explained that we were unable to find another more central location for it but it was hoped that the exhibition could be shown again in full in 2016.”

Ono, who also met and spoke to local historian and author Michael George, was one of two celebrities visiting the displays that day.

The second was TV star Nina Myskow who is a regular contributor to the show Grumpy Old Women and since 2012 has appeared on the Big Brother spin-off Big Brother’s Bit on the Side.

She is also a journalist who was a columnist for The Sun and News of the World.
Both signed the visitor’s book.

The exhibition at the library’s Sassoon Room had run since July 7 and had a total 4,000 visitors.

Ono has posters with the slogan Earth Peace around the town for her contribution to the Triennial and an instruction message called Skyladder at the Quarterhouse.


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