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2001-Jul-08: August in Kintyre

Sir Paul's visits to his High Park Farm in Kintyre are usually low-key.  He arrives by private jet at Machrahanish and is rarely seen by his neighbors.  However, the locals will be watching for his next visit for a very special reason.  As one neighbor reports:  "Sir Paul is due to come in a few weeks for a break. He always comes at this time of year, but this time he's bringing Heather. He'll probably do some of the things he used to do with Linda here such as a bit of horse riding and walking. This is a special place for him."

In the past, Sir Paul has enjoyed visiting the local cattle auctions at the end of July, an event which has been cancelled this year due to the foot and mouth epidemic.  It is not only the area farmers who are suffering.   Sir Paul will find the Mull's capital, the little port of Campbeltown, in the midst of a grave economic crisis, suffering the highest unemployment rate in Scotland.  The residents hope this visit will bring their plight to the attention of those who may be able to offer them help.  One resident stated:  "We don't want Paul McCartney's money.  He's given a lot to the area, most of it anonymously, and we're not beggars. To be honest, we're all very grateful that he still has a home here. But Campbeltown needs his support. MPs, government ministers and other agencies tend to listen when Sir Paul McCartney is on the phone.  All we need is him to say, 'Hey, this wonderful little place called Campbeltown has got some great people willing to work hard. Can you do something for them?'  That's all we would ask of him."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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