'Paul McCartney's leather trousers' discovered by Bridlington pensioner

Man says he was given the leather pants by Beatle manager Brian Epstein

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A pair of leather trousers that allegedly once belonged to Paul McCartney have been found in Bridlington.

Mike Hoggard claims the 50-year-old trousers were given to him by The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein when he played at Liverpool's Cavern Club during his time in a jazz band in the early 1960s. He recently rediscovered them and is now hoping the trousers will be authenticated and fetch thousands by selling them to a collector or museum.

Mr Hoggard said the trousers are marked with the name "Paul" and are the right size to have belonged to McCartney. He told BBC News: "The trousers were in a bag hanging up in the dressing room. Epstein said to take them because he wanted to get them out of the leather and into these suits.

"So I took them and I wore them. At the time The Beatles weren't famous at all, so there was no sort of thought about 'I've got something that's massively invaluable' or anything like that, just that I fancied a pair of leather trousers."

Mr Hoggard found the trousers while moving house recently. His son-in-law Paul Bennett-Todd, from Leeds, said he was initially "sceptical" about the McCartney connection but after some research had become convinced his father-in-law was in possession of the genuine article.

He said: "The Beatles went to a small independent tailor in St Paul's district of Hamburg and commissioned the trousers to be made. That's what makes these trousers so very individual." When contacted by NME, Sir Paul's office declined to comment. Meanwhile, a leather jacket belonging to George Harrison sold for £11,450 at auction in December.

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