PAUL McCARTNEY fans from around the world began queuing up outside WH SMITH in THE BEATLES’ hometown of LIVERPOOL yesterday (March 20) to meet their hero.
McCartney will be signing copies of his book of poetry, ‘Blackbird Singing, Lyrics And Poems 1963-1999’ at the city centre bookstore on Church Street from midday today (March 21).
Kate Brylska, 33, who travelled from her native Poland for the event, secured her place at the front of the queue, arriving at the store at 5am on Monday morning (March 19).
“He’s my hero,” she said of McCartney. “I’ve been a fan for over 20 years and he’s everything.”
Fans spent many hours and some spent in excess of US$1000 getting to Liverpool, including Marilyn Blake, who came over with her daughter from Boston in the US. “It’s just incredible to see him in person,” she said. “He puts magic in everything he does.”
The staff at WH Smith started looking after fans early yesterday morning, bringing them coffee and tea. By nightfall, numbers were around 50, with hundreds more expected today.
But it was not just international travellers who came down, several locals came out into the bitter wind and snow, taking shelter behind cardboard and metal barricades to ensure their chance to meet the star.
One, 18-year-old Daniel Hutton from Liverpool, said: “[I’m here] just to see Paul. I’ve never met him before. It’s a big opportunity. He’s just a living legend, really.”
Following the book signing, McCartney is expected to give his first ever poetry reading from The Everyman venue at 8pm, according to the Liverpool Echo newspaper.