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The North Wales schoolgirl who met Paul McCartney three times and ate egg and chips at his dad’s home

Deirdre Mahon’s dreams came true when as a teenager in Llandudno she was invited into the Beatle’s family home
Meeting Paul McCartney was every teenager’s dream in the 1960s – and for North Wales school girl Deirdre Mahon the dream came true – not once, but three times.

Deirdre, who was a pupil at the former Loreto College on Llandudno’s West Shore, ended up being given egg and chips by Paul and his family in Heswall on Boxing Day 1965 – and spent Boxing Day 1966 and Valentine’s Day 1967 with the Beatle.
Deirdre, a mum-of-one and gran-of-two who now lives in South Wales, said: “I want to share this story because it highlights the fact that Paul and his family are such amazing, lovely and down to earth people.

“I would so love to meet Paul again one day.”
Deirdre said: “I was 15, from Crosby and at a convent boarding school in Llandudno – so very young and naive.

“I don’t remember how me and my friend, who accompanied me on some visits, got Paul’s father’s address in Heswall but we did, and we used to visit him during school holidays. Eventually, he got to know us and was so friendly and welcoming. He used to invite us in for a cup of tea and a chat: ‘Make sure you get a good education, girls, Paul did.'”

She recalled their first meeting on Boxing Day 1965.

“This was the first time we met Paul,” she said.
“My friend and I decided to go to Heswall to wish Jim a happy Christmas. I had a feeling Paul might be there, so I had bought him a packet of Peter Stuyvesant cigarettes, knowing that was the brand he smoked.

“As we approached the front door we saw a British racing green Aston Martin parked in the front. I knew it! With a trembling hand I knocked on the door. Jim answered. ‘Hello girls, happy Christmas!’

“I said ‘I’ve bought Paul a little Christmas present and was wondering if you could give it to him the next time you see him?’

“’Just a moment,’ he said. A minute later I could see this figure approaching, and I said to my friend ‘Oh my God, it’s Paul!’ He said: ‘Hello, what are you doing standing there? Come in!’

“We stayed with them all afternoon and into the evening. I can’t remember everything but I do remember how they made us feel so welcome – amazing when I think back on it, two 15-year-old girls interrupting their Christmas.

“Although we were a little overwhelmed at first, as the time went on it just felt natural to be part of their family gathering.
“At one point Goodbye My Love by The Searchers came on the TV. Paul commented on how he loved the song and wished he’d written it. His dad then asked Paul to play us the tune that he’d been tinkering with on the piano. So, he started playing this song which was in its ’embryonic’ stage. He said he wanted the harmony to be similar to the Beach Boys. He started singing it, stopping and starting, explaining how he wanted it to sound: ‘She’ll be there, my hands running through her hair…’

“Of course, it became Here, There and Everywhere. We couldn’t wait for the next album (Revolver) to come out to see if it was on there. We recognised it immediately!

“Paul’s stepmother Angela and her daughter, Ruth, who was nearly six, were there too. Ruth explained to us, as she took a big step forward, that she was Paul’s STEPsister!
“Jim asked us if we thought Paul had a good voice, and in a dreamy way we said ‘Oh YES!’ Jim thought, then said, ‘Well, he hasn’t got a great voice but he does sing with feeling’.

“At teatime we got up to go but they insisted we stay and join them. They apologised that they didn’t have enough steak to go around and would egg, chips and peas be OK!

“When it was eventually time for Paul to go back to London he said he’d give us a lift back to Liverpool (what a guy!). As we drove along, I can’t tell you the wonderful feeling when we stopped at traffic lights – seeing the look on people’s faces and them do a double-take, realising Paul McCartney was driving. What a perfectly wonderful Boxing Day!”
But that wasn’t their last brush with the Beatle – with a second memorable meeting coming on Boxing Day 1966.

Deirdre said: “A year later I said to my friend that I bet Paul and his family would be in London. So we hitchhiked there!

“We arrived at St John’s Wood and as we approached Paul’s electric gates, his brother, Mike, who we knew quite well from the Liverpool scene, came to put the rubbish out. He looked at us and said ‘Oh my goodness, hello, what are you doing here?’ Lying through our teeth, we said we were visiting relatives in the area so thought we’d drop by.

“He invited us in, and all the family were there, the same as last year – together with Paul’s girlfriend, Jane Asher. Paul asked us what we wanted to drink. We hadn’t a clue what to say so he gave us a sherry!

“We stayed for an hour or so and then said we had to go – we didn’t want to overstay our welcome. Paul gave me his phone number as he knew I was going for an audition at the Italia Conti Stage School the following year. He said that when I was in London to give him a ring and come over.

“My audition date was February 14, 1967. Paul asked me to phone him when I arrived at St John’s Wood tube station so he would know when to expect me, which I did.

“When I arrived, there were hordes of girls by his gate. I walked through the crowd, saying ‘excuse me, excuse me’ and could hear girls say ‘who’s she?’ I pressed the intercom and (Beatles personal assistant) Mal Evans answered. ‘Oh, hello, it’s Deirdre (gulp)’. ‘Oh yes, hang on.’ Phew, It wasn’t a dream! Mal let me in. My fear had turned into a little smugness – I was walking on air!
“Paul was waiting for me. We went into the lounge, and Martha, his gorgeous Old English Sheepdog, was there to greet me too.

“There were armchairs, and a green velvet sofa by the fire – and that’s where we spent a lot of the time, chatting. Paul asked me about drama school and how the audition went.

“Previously, in one of our phone calls, he told me not to be nervous. It obviously did the trick as I later heard I had passed the audition!

“I remember being fascinated as he demonstrated the electronic curtains with a remote control – he was like a kid with a new toy! There was also an en suite which, at the time, was quite a novelty. And there was a framed photo of Jane on the bedside table.

“We went to the top storey, where there was a music room. One wall was filled with LPs, and there was a piano and various guitars around. Paul talked about how he would spend many hours in this room playing and composing. He also played for me again.
“I knew that I had to go at a certain time as I had arranged for my father to pick me up at Lime Street. How I wish I had been assertive enough to ask Paul if I could use his phone. You see, he asked if I wanted to go with him to the studio in the evening (they were recording Sgt. Pepper). That is the biggest regret of my life. I also regret I didn’t bring a camera. I can’t believe it!

“Eventually, Paul changed his phone number and we lost touch.
“I don’t think of Paul as a genius or legend (which he is), I think of him as an ordinary, down-to-earth, decent Scouser (which he is) – just like his father (and his mother). He was brought up to be an honest, polite, friendly, thoughtful, hard-working guy, which is still as apparent today as it was back then.

“Thank you, Mr McCartney and Paul, for your generosity and kindness.”



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Items valued at more than $18,000

Collector guitars signed by rock and roll legends such as Eric Clapton and Van Halen were recently stolen from a storage unit in Daytona Beach. “I hate thieves. They’re the worst on earth so I’m glad that he got caught and I’m excited about getting my guitar back,” Jack Baker said.

Jack Baker lives out of state and stored his precious memorabilia he bought online at the storage facility while he renovates his Florida home. “Something in my brain told me that it would be better taking it to Hyde Park because it’s built like a fortress,” said Baker.

Officials from the Daytona Beach Police Department said the crime was reported on Dec. 20, 2019, after someone came to the unit at Hyde Park Storage Suites and noticed the eight instruments were missing. The crime likely occurred sometime between October and Dec. 17, 2019, but it’s unclear exactly when. Police said the following items were stolen:

A blue Fender electric guitar signed by the Rolling Stones valued at $3,670
A black Fender electric guitar signed by Eric Clapton valued at $3,024
A Fender electric guitar signed by U2 valued at $2,916
A red California SG electric guitar signed by Van Halen valued at $2,052
An electric sunburst guitar signed by Paul McCartney valued at $2,100
A dark green electric guitar signed by Bob Dylan valued at $1,620
An American flag electric guitar valued at $3,250
A bottle of Rolling Stones vodka
Other items in the unit were not taken or disturbed. Police said they dusted for fingerprints and were able to find some evidence.

On Tuesday, police said they recovered the Van Halen guitar and the Bob Dylan guitar but they’re still looking for the others. A man who was found pawning the guitars is in custody, according to authorities.The manager at O.K. Pawn Shop said Jeremy Andrewlavage walked in with one of the guitars and wanted $200 for it. The manager called his guitar expert to find out its worth but it was really police on the line.”It’s not uncommon for people who have stolen goods to try and pawn it for a quick buck,” said Messod Bendayan, Daytona Beach Police Department.

Authorities learned on Tuesday that a guitar signed by Bob Dylan they recovered days ago in a separate case also belongs to Baker. Police said there isn’t any surveillance video at the facility but Baker said he’s going to invest in his own security system, as police continue to investigate.“We’re hoping this person (Jeremy Andrewlavage) will lead us to the other guitars that we’re looking for,” said Bendayan.



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On April 24, 1976, John Lennon and Paul McCartney nearly took Lorne Michaels up on his offer to have the Beatles perform on Saturday Night Live…

There are a lot of ‘almost’ moments in rock and roll history, one that has always hung heavily over our heads was the very real moment Saturday Night Live nearly reunited The Beatles, had John Lennon and Paul McCartney been bothered to get up from watching it on TV.

In the iconic first series of ‘Saturday Night Live’ – America’s home of alternative weekend hilarity – show’s legendary producer, Lorne Michaels set himself a fairly big challenge: to reunite The Beatles. He started as any SNL act would, with a piece direct to camera.

Whether Michaels was performing with the real intent of reuniting the most enigmatic songwriting partnership to have ever existed in Lennon and McCartney, or he was just doing a bit, he shared the sentiment of a nation. Michaels talks directly to the camera about how The Beatles had affected so many lives, “In my book, The Beatles are the best thing that ever happened to music. It goes even deeper than that — you’re not just a musical group, you’re a part of us. We grew up with you.”

He sincerely suggests an offer to the pair, “Now, we’ve heard and read a lot about personality and legal conflicts that might prevent you guys from reuniting. That’s something which is none of my business. That’s a personal problem. You guys will have to handle that. But it’s also been said that no one has yet to come up with enough money to satisfy you. Well, if it’s money you want, there’s no problem here.”

Audiences across the country gasp in hope that maybe this might just happen, with Network money anything is possible, surely? Michaels continued, The National Broadcasting Company has authorized me to offer you this check to be on our show. A certified cheque for $3,000.” It now becomes a little clearer that Michaels’ tongue was firmly in his cheek.

The producer continues with the bit and explains how all the band need to do is sing three songs “‘She Loves You,’ yeah, yeah, yeah – that’s $1,000 right there. You know the words. It’ll be easy. Like I said, this is made out to ‘The Beatles.’ You divide it any way you want. If you want to give Ringo [Starr] less, that’s up to you. I’d rather not get involved.”

Here it is, that ‘almost’ moment we promised. While Michaels entertained the audience in the studio with his skit the millions of folks watching at home were likely laughing away with them – John Lennon and Paul McCartney included. Unbeknown to Michaels and the rest of the globe, the duo was just a mile or so away watching the show together in John’s apartment in the Dakota building.

As Lennon said in 1980, “Paul … was visiting us at our place in the Dakota. We were watching it and almost went down to the studio, just as a gag. We nearly got into a cab, but we were actually too tired. … He and I were just sitting there watching the show, and we went, ‘Ha ha, wouldn’t it be funny if we went down? But we didn’t.”

Paul McCartney would confirm the story saying, “John said, ‘We should go down, just you and me. There’s only two of us so we’ll take half the money.’ And for a second. … But It would have been work, and we were having a night off, so we elected not to go. It was a nice idea – we nearly did it.”

Oh, what could have been. It’s an ‘almost’ moment so tantalising that a TV film was made about what would have happened had they of reunited in 1976. The film is called Two of Us and first aired on VH1 in 2000.

George Harrison would go on to be a musical guest on ‘Saturday Night Live’ later in the year and carry on the joke. Arriving to collect the previously offered cheque, he and Michaels discuss the split. With the producer’s hands tied Harrison agrees that for an extra $250 he would say the show’s iconic opening line, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

Sadly the show would never be able to reunite The Beatles. Lennon and McCartney were just a mile and a half away from the studio and the world was just as close to a historical moment.



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Local Children / Paul and Stella, Caribbean, 1979. One of the photos featured in the Linda Retrospective Kelvingrove Art.
Open until this Sunday 12th January.

More Information … Here.

The Linda McCartney Retrospective
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland
Friday 5 July 2019 – Sunday 12 January 2020. 
Open Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm and Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.
Tickets: £7 adults / £5 concessions. Under 16s go free.