The daughter of the Mr and Mrs McBean kindly provided this photo of her parents and eventually expect to chat with their son. If there is any regret from the offspring, it would be that the guest book with signatures of those checking into Myrtle House bed and breakfast was tossed out after the McBean business came to an end. The guest book from the b&b on Lossiewynd in Elgin, would have been of great interest as many of Britain’s top beat, jazz, and folk musicians stayed there in the 1960s.
The guesthouse was near the Two Red Shoes and the Park Cafe where musicians and various performers could have coffee and sustenance after their show before turning in at McBean’s guest house. There were countless well-known musicians who stayed there when they were starting out in the music business. One of the stories I heard was when Paul and Ringo were staying there, John was sitting on a window ledge flirting with some young nurses boarding there at the time. They attracted the girls wherever they went. It was suggested that Mrs. McBean wasn’t pleased with the commotion John created with the local girls…
“Elgin was one of the strangest gigs we played. We’d got all the way to the outskirts of Scotland to find an L-shaped room – and we were playing at the wrong end! I have this vision of the audience all wearing wellies; farmers and country people. The bar was and we were in the other, and you could tell which side was doing the business. In those days they were still laughing at us because we’d be out there in the leather and stomping. Then we got in my car and slid all the way to the next gig. On that tour we were staying in one of those theatrical boarding – houses. The rumour went round that before we came they’d had a hunchback staying, and we all got a bit worried that we’d be having his bed. George and John went to stay in another place but Paul and I took a chance that we wouldn’t catch the hunchback.” Ringo [Rich Starkey] Starr of The Beatles [ref. On The Road page 86/The Beatles Anthology]
Note: The comments about the odd-shaped hall, folk in wellies, and sliding to the next gig after the Beatles first performance touring  refers to it being one of Scotland’s worst winters. The snow and icy conditions prevented the band to join Johnny and The Copycats for a New Year’s Dance in Keith so they stayed at the guest house and hotel in Elgin to open at the Two Red Shoes. Related posts:
https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/two-red-shoes-ballroom/ – https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/beatles-at-two-red-shoes/ https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/beatles-tour-scotland/ – https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/beatles-tour-scotland/