It's great Macca's happy
By CHARLES YATES
SIR Paul McCartney’s brother yesterday gave the inside story on the wedding of the year.
Mike McCartney was Macca’s best man when he married Heather Mills at the private family ceremony in Ireland.
And yesterday he said: “It’s great that Our Kid has found someone to be happy with.”
Mike, 58, revealed that he walked his brother into church humming Irish band
Thin Lizzy’s hit The Boys Are Back In Town.
And he told how he bought Paul a FRISBEE as a wedding present.
Mike said the unorthodox entrance won praise from former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.
Talking for the first time about the hush-hush do at Castle Leslie, Co Monaghan, Mike said: ““I’d whispered to the relatives on the right of the church ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ as we walked past them.
“After that I couldn’t get the song out of my head.
“Ringo told me afterwards, ‘I loved the entrance’.”
Mike told how his son Joshua, 19, was an usher at the service in a 17th century chapel on the castle estate.
One of his jobs was to hold the box containing the wedding rings.
Mike said: “Joshua is a drummer himself in a rock ’n’ roll band called Trilby but at the wedding Paul dubbed him The Lord of The Rings.
“I thought I should introduce Joshua to Ringo but it never happened — we were too busy.”
Mike was a pop star himself in Sixties novelty group Scaffold, who had hits
with Lily The Pink and Thank U Very Much.
He was clearly moved by the wedding. And he agrees all you need is love.
He said: “I’ve been at the epicentre of the explosion. Things will be coming back from that day for months to come.
“Over there I was just feet away from two people who love each other — that’s all you want in life. If you’re lucky and you both love each other, that is all anybody needs.”
Mike said that Paul, 59, felt lucky before the wedding because he had spotted a bright double rainbow the previous day.
And for extra luck he wore a “magic buttonhole” to marry former model Heather, 34.
“Not only did he have a pink McCartney rose but he had a sprig from Dad’s lavender bush and Mum’s favourite flowers — two buttercups — in his lapel.
“That lavender bush came from our family home in Forthlin Road, Liverpool. All our lives we had lavender around us.
“Mum would put it in little sachets and leave it in drawers and Dad would burn it in his ashtray.”
Mike revealed that he was Master of Ceremonies at Paul’s wedding as well as
He said: “I introduced the first dance, Tony Bennett singing The Very Thought Of You. It was Paul and Heather’s favourite song and it was lovely.
“At the start there was just Bennett’s voice singing. Then all of a sudden the song broke off and Tony was talking on a specially-made recording.
“He said, ‘So Paul and Heather, how great it is to be part of this great occasion. This is my wedding present to you’.”
Mike also revealed a couple of snippets from his best man’s speech.
He said: ‘I warned Heather’s family of the insanity they were coming into.
“I told them the family sayings. I reckon our lot must have invented surrealism centuries ago. Popular phrases used by our lot include ‘the answer is, there is no answer’ or ‘in goes your eye out’.
“Or as Aunty Milly would say, ‘here we are, where are we?’ The whole McCartney clan have been brought up on these absolutely bizarre and magic sayings for years.
“I say them and never explain them. They always get you thinking. Nobody ever explained any of them to Paul or me.
“I’ve got six kids and a grandchild just 18-months-old and they’ve all heard them.”
Mike also weaved a line into his speech to give the result of Ireland’s 3-0 World Cup triumph over Saudi Arabia.
He said: “I was changing the speech even as Heather’s sister Fiona was making hers before me.”
For Mike it was his second spell as best man for his famous brother — he gave a speech when Paul married photographer Linda Eastman in March, 1969, at London’s Marylebone register office.
Mike, speaking at the home he shares with wife Rowena, 39, in Heswall, the Wirral, recalled how Paul was devastated by Linda’s death from cancer in April 1998.
The brothers had already lost their mother Mary, a midwife, from the disease in 1956 when Mike was 12 and Paul 14.
Their father Jim died 20 years later. Mike said: “When we heard that Linda had died, Ro said, what are you going to do? I just got in the car and went down to Paul’s house on the south coast. There are some times when talking isn’t enough.
“It knocked Paul for six. That’s the most important time that anybody should bother about anybody else, when death happens. With the passage of time grief gets less, but it never ever leaves you.”
Mike added: “When we talk about Dad or Mum to this day it all comes back. But there’s also a thing where you have to get on with your life. Time goes on with you and without you.
“What is great is the fact that our kid has found someone to be happy with.
“I am lucky in the fact that I am still in love with the lady that I married 20 years ago.
“Paul was best man on that day and his speech was more relaxed and shorter than the one I gave this week. He just ad libbed.
“Like Paul and Heather there was an age difference between us — it’s 18 years.
“Some people said our marriage wouldn’t last 20 years ago — but it has.”
Mike added: “Paul was going out with Jane Asher when he was best man for my first marriage. Then when I got remarried 20 years ago in Penny Lane he did the job again.”
Mike was not surprised when Sir Paul harked back to his childhood after the speeches at this week’s wedding.
He said: “At the end of the day we’re two little Liverpool lads — that is exactly what we are. We’ve never really changed — the world has changed all around us.
“But every time we get together we are just the way we were. He’s remained sane amid all the madness.
“There we were in this big posh castle and Our Kid throws the frisbee I bought him as a wedding present. It had P and H written on it.
“I am glad they found each other — you’ve got to be. I wish Paul and Heather all the luck in the world.”
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