Legendary songwriter Bernie Taupin paid a surprise visit to a Lincoln hotel and visited a room which was recently named after him.
Taupin – best known for co-writing many of Elton John’s hit songs – stayed at The Castle Hotel in Lincoln with his brother and sister-in-law while filming an upcoming documentary about his life.
The 73-year-old grew up in Owmby-by-Spital, Lincolnshire, and that upbringing is of interest to the crew behind his biographical show.
They phoned The Castle Hotel in Lincoln to see if they had any rooms available ahead of their visit to the area, and struck gold because they had just opened a new suite and named it after the man himself.
The Castle Hotel names its deluxe suites after famous Lincolnshire people and had coincidentally just opened a new suite named after Taupin.
Bernie Taupin – best-known for co-writing many of Elton Johns hit songs – visited a Lincoln hotel named after him
The showbiz legend posed for pictures with staff (including the chef, left)and chatted about his upbringing in the area. He also signed a book for co-owner Paul Catlow
Hotel co-owner, Saera Ahmad, said: ‘When the film crew rang us they asked what we had available, so we went through and gave them the names.
‘They put the phone down and talked amongst themselves, obviously thinking “what a coincidence”.
‘They asked us why we had a room named after Taupin and then told us that he was who they were trying to book the room for. He was thrilled at the thought of having a room named after him.’
Saera said Taupin ordered beef ribs at the hotel, where he had photos taken with staff – including the chef – and discussed how his childhood in the area inspired many of his song lyrics.
He even signed a copy of his memoir Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton and Me for the other co-owner, Paul Catlow.
Ms Ahmad added: ‘They stayed with us on Saturday [February 3] and they were going to stay Sunday but they got their filming done.
‘Bernie joined us on Saturday evening, dined with us and came and had drinks in the bar with us. He was really happy to chat away and came back on Sunday to have a drink before heading off to London.
‘He was lovely and really charming. We name all of our deluxe rooms after famous Lincolnshire people and from day one I knew I wanted to call one Taupin. A lot of people don’t know who he is and a lot of people don’t know he’s from Lincolnshire.’
Taupin (seen with hotel co-owners Mr Catlow and Saera Ahmad) stayed for one night while filming the documentary