Anne Wagg, who turned 66-years-old on March 15, treated herself to an early birthday present by bidding £900 in an auction room to get her hands on a special gift from her idol in an auction to benefit the Nottingham charity Forever Stars.
Mrs Wagg, from Derby, received a Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band super deluxe six-disc during a bidding war at Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire, which will be personalised especially for her by the musical legend.
She said: “It’s the best birthday present ever. I am absolutely delighted. It’s our 46th wedding anniversary on Sunday, March 18 too so that makes it even more special.”
Ms Wagg added that she’s been a fan of the Beatles and Mr McCartney for 56 years, even traveling as far afield as Paris, France to see him perform.
“I’ve loved the Beatles since I was nine or 10 but Paul has always been my favourite. I’ve seen him perform 12 times. I even met him once years ago outside the Ritz Hotel in Paris. “I’d gone to see him perform but got lost in the city and ended up at the Ritz. It turned out he was staying there with wife, Linda.
“They both came out and it was mayhem with bodyguards keeping people away but Linda was lovely. We told her we had come from England to see Paul and she beckoned us over to have a photo taken with them. The awful thing is I’m the only one on the photo whose face came out blurred.”
Mr McCartney donated the item to the Forever Stars charity, which was set up by Chilwell couple Richard and Michelle Daniels in memory of their baby daughter Emily after she was stillborn at the Queen’s Medical Centre in 2013.
Mr Daniels said: “The donation was amazing, I was absolutely blown away by it. I was in shock when we received the email confirming the gift from Sir Paul McCartney’s office, which we contacted in the hope he would help us.
“It was a generous gift from one of the world’s biggest stars.”