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THIS FRIDAY IS DECLARED AS ‘PAUL MCCARTNEY DAY’ IN POLK COUNTY

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Paul McCartney is performing in Des Moines on Friday, as part of his “One on One” summer tour.

So it’s only fitting that July 21, 2017, is declared “Paul McCartney Day” in Polk County.

Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald tweeted a photo of the proclamation at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning. Friday will be McCartney’s third performance in Iowa. He first performed in 1990 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames and again in 2005 at Wells Fargo Arena.

“Paul McCartney’s an absolute icon,” Chris Connolly,  Iowa Events Center general manager, said told the Register back in April, when the news of McCartney’s return was announed. To bring him back again in 2017 … who knows how many more opportunities we’ll have to get him back here to Wells Fargo Arena.”

Paul McCartney in Des Moines

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Iowa Events Center, 233 Center St.


PAUL AT INTRUST BANK ARENA, WICHITA, KS

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Thousands of Paul McCartney fans braved the heat for up to two hours before the Intrust Bank Arena opened it’s doors, but one local group skipped the line and received the VIP treatment.

McCartney extended an invitation to the employees at Wichita’s Envision, who are blind or visually impaired. The Envision organization strives to help the blind and visually impaired, and more than half of it’s 400 employees are blind or low vision.

McCartney gave Envision 13 tickets. Each employee entered to win the tickets by writing an essay about how music inspires them.

The 13 employees who won couldn’t believe it.

“To experience such a beautiful sound such as Paul McCartney couldn’t get much better than that,” one employee said.

Charles Wilks just graduated with a music performance degree. Something he says McCartney’s music played a role in.

“A lot of it inspired me to pursue my career in music,” Wilks said.

As McCartney played for the Wichita crowd, the Envision bunch soaked in every moment.

“What a fantastic human being. It speaks of compassion and his ability to just think about the little people,” Wilks said.

RINGO HAS ‘GREAT DAY HIKING IN COLORADO

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Ringo has his groove going in Colorado.
He has been hiking in Colorado and Tweeting his approval of the Centennial State this week.
“Another great day hiking in Colorado peace and love,” Ringo dressed in black pants with white trim, a black T-shirt and a black baseball cap, worn backward, said in a Twitter post on Wednesday.
Ringo didn’t say where he was hiking in Colorado, but the setting of the photo is rural, with a one-lane road, high grasses, wooden rail fences and mountains in the background.

ABBEY ROAD AND PENNY LANE IN WICHITA

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The City of Wichita has approved temporarily renaming streets near INTRUST Bank Arena in honor of Paul McCartney’s concert Wednesday, July 19. 

Waterman Street at the intersection of St. Francis has been renamed Penny Lane, while English Street at the intersection of St. Francis has been renamed Abbey Road.  The temporary names will be in place through Thursday.  

Paul’s concert has broken the record for the highest grossing performance at INTRUST Bank Arena.