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2002-Aug-05: Sir Paul's Early Days in Scotland

In part 2 of the Scottish Daily Record's "Paul McCartney Story" tells how it was John Lennon who introduced Sir Paul to Scotland.  In the article includes an interview with John Lennon's oldest living relative, his cousin Stan Parkes, who lives in Ayrshire, Scotland.  Mr. Parkes, now 69 years-old, was present at the Liverpool fete when John and Paul for the first time.  He recalls:
"I never dreamed what would come of their meeting. John was always my little cousin who used to hang around me in short trousers as a boy. It was hard to imagine he'd become a pop idol."
"From the age of nine, John had enjoyed family holidays in Durness, in the Highlands. When he met Paul, he'd still visit the area regularly and tell Paul about the beautiful scenery and what a great time he'd had there. The Highland croft belonged to my stepfather and John loved the wildness of the place. That's why Paul eventually decided to buy his farm near Campbeltown. It was John who started his interest in Scotland by telling him about his family holidays there.  At the time, Paul also thought his family background might be Scottish although his roots later turned out to be Irish."
In December 1964, Sir Paul bought his farm on Mull of Kintyre and announced his plans to marry Jane Asher.  Campbeltown resident, Anne Leith recalls the couple's visits to Scotland:
"He drove into the town with Jane Asher in an Aston Martin and I wrote the registration number on my science book. That was my claim to fame. I was only about 15 at the time and I was in a Saturday job in the local bakery. Granny Brown worked in the bakery and we knew that Paul McCartney had bought her farm. We plagued the life out of that  woman for her phone number. As if Paul McCartney was going to keep the same phone number."
 

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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