The Russian McCartney fan, Eugenie Evenko, who hitch-hiked 3,000 miles from Siberia to Wales for Sir Paul's poetry reading this summer is in the news again. (see May 30 below) It seems, she's decided to stay in the U.K - in Liverpool, to be exact. She recently spoke about meeting Sir Paul at the Hay-On-Wye festival:"There were no tickets left for the reading, it was totally sold out. So I made a sign saying I had traveled all the way from Russia and did anyone have a spare ticket. This man just came up to me as people were walking in for the reading and said, 'My brother is ill and couldn't make it, would you like his ticket?' I went in and the seats at the front were all reserved but I asked the security people if I could sit there. They told me to wait until everybody was in and miraculously there was one spare seat on the front row and I sat there - with Heather Mills one seat away."You may recall that poet Adrian Mitchell informed Sir Paul that there was a girl in the audience who had hitch-hiked all the way from Russia to meet him and that he invited her to join him on stage:"He hugged me and I thought I would die. It was that moment when you meet your idol and you cannot think of anything to say. I was just speaking rubbish."Three weeks ago, Eugenie attended Sir Paul's London poetry reading at the Queen's Theatre and managed to sneak backstage:"I caught his eye and I couldn't believe it, he actually recognized me. He shouted across the room at me to come over and told everybody about me. He introduced me to his fiancÚ and she was really sweet - but a bit shy."Eugenie is currently working in Liverpool at the old Beatles' haunt the Jacaranda, but will return to Russian next month when her visa runs out.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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