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John Kretzschmar wrote at 2008-09-29 20:59:50
Actually, it IS an OPP crest. The printed image was altered so that the second P resembles a D. The colours and design of the images above and below the OPP are all identical to those on a true OPP crest. I happen to know the retired OPP officer who gave this crest to Paul McCartney when he was assigned security duty when The Beatles played Maple Leaf gardens in Toronto, ONTARIO Canada in the '60's.



Case Closed.


Mavawa wrote at 2008-11-03 23:28:51
you guys are totally wrong, the OPP badge stand for Ontario Provincial Police and he receive this badge when he went in Canada Ontario for their appearance as The Beatles in The Toronto Stadium in 1965 I think


Edge wrote at 2009-04-03 00:30:39
Actually, it is an OPP badge, standing for Ontario Provincial Police.  There was once an article in Life magazine saying that he picked it up once when he was in Canada.  If you google the OPP badge image, you will see its the exact same badge, complete with the crown and Ontario coat of arms.


Rob wrote at 2009-07-14 02:49:47
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The 1967 Beatles Album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, contains cover art with Paul McCartney wearing an OPP badge on his fictional uniform. The badge was given to John Lennon the day after their 1966 concert in Toronto by a student working for the summer at the OPP Headquarters' garage when The Beatles were transferred to a police van for the trip to the airport.



Many "Paul Is Dead" enthusiasts have misread the patch as "OPD" (the way the patch was slightly bent on McCartney's sleeve, the bottom of the "P" was not visible) and took it to mean "Officially Pronounced Dead."


thestu wrote at 2009-10-18 02:42:53
that is a O.P.P Ontario provincial police badge. for sure. i don't know about the OPD in Britain. but definitely from Canada.


Pixiesmith wrote at 2009-10-18 03:43:21
Not true.



The Beatles's 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band contains cover art with Paul McCartney wearing an OPP patch on his fictional uniform (more easily seen in the gatefold picture). The patch was given to John Lennon the day after their 1966 concert in Toronto by a summer student working in the garage of the OPP Headquarters. The group was being transferred to a police van for the trip to the airport.



Many "Paul Is Dead" enthusiasts have misread the patch as "OPD" (the way the patch was slightly bent on McCartney's sleeve in the gatefold picture, the bottom of the "P" was not visible) and took it to mean "Officially Pronounced Dead."


Nath wrote at 2011-02-14 02:37:37
That is false Janelle! It is an OPP (Ontario provincial police)badge, they got it when they visted toronto during their tour from police who served as security as a souvenir. source: my music teacher in unviersity.


Tara wrote at 2011-05-16 13:15:44
I can confirm that John Kretzschmar's answer is correct.  The OPP officer who gave the crest to Paul was named Mr. T. Craig.  He lived across the street from me, when I was a kid growing up in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.  Mr. Craig gave me a crest too, but I lost it.


Chris wrote at 2012-06-12 23:30:30
Actually Janelle is totally wrong. It most definitely is an Ontario Provincial Police badge (OPP). It was given to John Lennon in 1966 while in, naturally, Ontario Canada.


JLE wrote at 2013-02-21 21:37:22
NOT True, the badge is an Ontaio Provincial Police shoulder badge OPP. given to the band while being transported to the airport in a police paddy wagon.  


S. Craig wrote at 2014-02-04 02:40:34
I can confirm that Tara's comment is correct as Mr. T. Craig is my grandfather and our family has the pictures.  The badge was given to George Harrison (not Paul McCartney - but yes, worn by Paul on the Sgt. Peppers album cover).

Tara - if you're reading this, I remember you!


B. Needham wrote at 2015-01-15 01:42:21
To: S Craig

My father was an OPP officer and if my memory serves me correctly he and your grandfather (name seems familiar) were both stationed at the same time in the Toronto detachment. The ground floor of this building was where the OPP garage was located. A friend of mine at this time father was in charge of the Garage where he had a summer job in the garage. That would account for John being in the position to take the Beatles out to the airport that night which I seem to have some faint memory of him telling me about at the time. I have no recollection about the Crest however.



Adding to this is where my real question comes in. My parents were very good friends with Rand Pepper and his family. The OPP knew him better as Sergeant Pepper. I keep asking myself, is this just buzzard luck coincidence or is there another part to the story to the OPP crest? I never did think to ask either Rand or his wife about this, who I last talked to about in the late 1990's.  


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