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2002-Mar-20: Liverpool's Mike McCartney

Mike McCartneyKodak has donated disposable cameras to Liverpool schoolchildren so that they can participate in the Click on Culture contest.  Through their photographs, thousands of youngsters hope to express what Liverpool means to them.  The contest is being held in support of the Liverpool's bid to become the European Capital of Culture for the year 2008.

The city of Liverpool is working hard to earn this prestigious title.  The city has the highest number of museums and galleries outside London, it is the most filmed city outside London and has enjoyed decades at the forefront of musical innovation. Last month Sir Paul issued a statement in which he said he was "fully supporting" Liverpool's bid. "I agree with what Allen Ginsburg, the famous US poet, said - 'Liverpool is the capital of the universe'." Liverpool's bid must be submitted by the end of the month.  A short list of contenders will be announced in September, with the winner decided in March 2003.

Meanwhile, Sir Paul's brother Mike will be serving as a judge in the Click on Culture contest which is expected to receive as many as to 76,000 photographs from all the 216 schools in Liverpool.  Mike McCartney (whose skill with a camera earned him the nickname Flash Harry from Brian Epstein) has exhibited his photos in galleries around the world.  On March 17, London's National Portrait Gallery opened their Balcony Gallery exhibit of eleven black and white recently acquired Mike McCartney photographs.  They provide unique, intimate and rarely-seen glimpses of the Beatles and of life in Liverpool in the early 1960s.  From April 2 to May 12, Mike McCartney will also be exhibiting his work at the Provincial Museum of Alberta, Canada.  The show called "Mike McCartney's Liverpool -- Sixties Black and White" features photos of the McCartney family home and early appearances of the Beatles at the Cavern Club.  Mike will appear at the museum on Wednesday, April 3 to sign autographs "and to reveal his family's recipe for Scouse."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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