Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono attend memorial service of late Beatles producer George Martin

Elton John and James Bay also pay their respects

Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Elton John and James Bay have paid their respects to George Martin at a memorial service in London.

The late Beatles producer passed away on March 8 aged 90, and was laid to rest in a private family funeral in Wiltshire, shortly after.

But over 600 mourners attended a memorial service for Martin, dubbed the “fifth Beatle”, at St. Martin In The Fields church in Trafalgar Square yesterday (May 11).

McCartney delivered a eulogy praising Martin’s impact on The Beatles’ music while Bay and comedians Alexander Armstrong and Bernard Cribbins performed at the memorial, reports The Sun.

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When Martin died earlier this year, McCartney said that he was “so sad” to hear of his passing and made reference to how he “guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour.”

He added: “I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George. From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.

“My family and I, to whom he was a dear friend, will miss him greatly and send our love to his wife Judy and their kids Giles and Lucy, and the grandkids. The world has lost a truly great man who left an indelible mark on my soul and the history of British music.”