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The ex-Beatle signs copies of his new book of poetry and brings the city centre to a standstill...

Thousands of PAUL McCARTNEY fans flooded a LIVERPOOL bookshop this afternoon (March 21) to see the ex-BEATLE make a return to his hometown.

McCartney spent an hour in WH Smith on Church Street in the city centre signing his new book of poetry, ‘Blackbird Singing’, posing for photos wtih fans and bringing the shopping district to a standstill.

While McCartney was unable to get through the enormous number of fans that came to get the book signed, he stepped outside the store shortly after the signing to shake hands and mingle with the massive crowd.

When asked why he chose Liverpool as the location for his book signing, McCartney replied: “It just seemed like the right place. And I love it. [That’s] a good enough reason.”

Dr Katie Lippas and her daughter travelled all the way from Dallas, Texas, and queued overnight to get their books signed.

She said: “I wanted to prove to my daughter that when you make up your mind to do something, you really can do it. She’s wanted to meet him since she was seven. He has really meant a lot to both our lives.”

Fans came from around the world, including Japan, America, Eastern Europe, across England and from the Merseyside area, to see the artist who will appear later tonight at the Everyman Theatre to give a short poetry reading.

Though the fans seemed ready to embrace the book, McCartney admitted that he doesn’t expect critics to be as generous.

He said: “Critics – it’s always mixed when they see me. They always say they sharpen their pencils when they see me coming. I don’t care. They criticised ‘Sgt Pepper’.”

In other McCartney news, the artist said he expects to finish his new record, which he has been recording in Los Angeles, in June.