Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | October 12, 2017

Beatlemania lives on in Cornwall

On October 12, ten former employees of Cornwall’s Compo record plant gathered at the Museum and Archives for a reunion of sorts. Pictured above are former Compo workers Roger Guevremont, Joan MacDonald, David Marshall, Linda Geroux, Eleanor Villeneuve, Linda (Serault) Villeneuve, Alexander Villeneuve, Richard MacGillivray, Daniel Lavictoire, Cliff Thompson.

Researcher and passionate Beatles fan, Piers Hemmingsen, has been collaborating with the Cornwall Community Museum and Archives as he works on his latest in a series of books on the history of the Beatles in Canada. Many of the Beatles albums were manufactured here in Cornwall at the Compo plant on Montreal Road, which operated from 1963-76. Follow this LINK to view our article on the plant and for further information on this project.

Subsequent to his previous visit to the Archives in July, thanks to publicity by the Standard-Freeholder and the Museum, Hemmingsen has been busy interviewing former Compo Cornwall employees by telephone. Yesterday he met with ten of them at the Archives to obtain a greater sense of their work experience at Compo. That information, along with numerous photos from the Archives’ Marcel Quenneville collection, will be incorporated into a chapter in his upcoming Second Volume of The Beatles in Canada: The Evolution: 1964-1970.

Hemmingsen is holding a copy of the 1968 White Album, the Beatles ninth studio album.

One of the reunion participants provided this floor plan of the former plant; the layout shifted over time.

Compo_ (3)_webAnother reunion participant shared this photo of a worker using the cryovac to apply the clear shrink wrap to albums.

The second volume of The Beatles in Canada: The Evolution: 1964-1970 will feature an entire chapter on the Compo Cornwall plant, using photos from the Marcel Quenneville collection which is housed at your Cornwall Community Museum and Archives, thanks to a donation from Quenneville’s daughter, Barb.
Hemmingsen is hopeful of conducting one more of these Compo “reunions” for other former employees who have since learned of the book project.

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The book is anticipated to be complete in the autumn of 2019.

In this short video clip, author Piers Hemmingsen recalls events from his youth which led him on this journey and the reasons he feels called to create this Beatles book, which includes an entire chapter on the Compo Cornwall record plant.


  1. Used to visit often to buy Deleted Albums for the Discus Record Chain,,Think is was Alan Reid who sold them to us…He ended up with Pickwick Toronto I think. Wonder how he’s doing ?

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