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2001-Jul-20: Sir Paul Bestows Honors

Today, Sir Paul bestowed the honor of LIPA Companion to songstress Joan Armatrading, lyricist Benny Gallagher, and the architect of punk, Malcolm McClaren in recognition for the dedicated work they do for the students of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.  The ceremony was open only to the 200 graduating students and invited guests.

Earlier in the day, Sir Paul paid tribute to the human rights group Amnesty International.  He was on hand at LIPA to help promote the book Like Water On Stone - The Story of Amnesty International, written by his former Liverpool Institute schoolmate Jonathan Power.

Sir Paul addressed a small gathering of Mr. Power's family and Amnesty International colleagues,
and thanked the organization for its 40 years of campaigning:

"I would really like to thank Amnesty for being there for us all. There are so many injustices that would go un-noticed but by putting the spotlight on them, they are brought to the attention of the world and the people are released.

"When we were growing up Nelson Mandela was in prison and now he is a free
man who was president of his country.  To see things like that is very moving and I would like to thank everyone involved.

"Thanks as well go to Jonathan, who I'm very proud of for the great work he
has done and the great spirit and perseverance with which he has done it.

"What was it that made us, the Beatles, and Amnesty, the way we were? I think it is in us all. It is a very powerful thing and I thank God, or whatever you believe in, for that. It is within us all and it is real."

Jonathan Power also had a few words to say: "Between us we have had 40 years of righting wrongs and 40 years of writing songs. Today I think the world is a better place for them both."

Sir Paul, wore a beige suit, brown open toed sandals, and his new digital camera wristwatch which he delighted in demonstrating to the band of photographers who were there to cover the event.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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