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1997-Oct-11: Paul to sign albums

DIE-HARD FOREIGN FANS EXTEND VISIT TO MEET SIR PAUL

(this article was posted to Macca-L by Richard Porter of the London Beatles Fan Club)

    Dozens of foreigners are forking out thousands of pounds for the chance
to meet their hero Sir Paul McCartney face to face.
    Twenty Japanese businessmen and a party of 68 Americans who flew into
Britain for the premiere of Sir Paul's orchestral work Standing Stone next
Tuesday have extended their visit after being told that he was signing
albums in a record store next Thursday.
    Sir Paul's in-store appearance will be his first in Britain for 34
years.
    London businessman Simon Prentiss said his 20 Japanese visitors had
changed flights and booked longer stays at their hotels to be at the London
signing.
    "It will cost them a fortune," he said.
    Beatles Walks organiser Richard Porter, looking after the Americans,
said: "They have completely changed all their plans because of this chance
to meet Paul at the album signing.
    "They are prepared to have to camp out overnight to try to make sure
they meet him."
    Bill Heckle of Liverpool-based travel company Cavern City Tours added:
"The word here is that a big number of fans will be making the trip down to
London for this signing. This is a big opportunity for the die-hard
followers."
    Sir Paul is repaying a 35-year-old favour with his visit to HMV at 150
Oxford Street.
    It was at the company's other Oxford Street store in 1962 that the
Beatles were introduced to producer George Martin, who saw the potential of
their sound and set them on the path to success.
    Sir Paul will be signing copies of his solo album Flaming Pie and his
orchestral work Standing Stone, which receives its charity world premiere
at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday.


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