Sir Paul may give us a capital song for 2008
By Rob Merrick, Daily Post
May 20 2005
SIR PAUL McCARTNEY was the surprise guest at a House of Commons Capital of Culture reception - and gave a tongue-in-cheek hint that he may write a song to celebrate 2008.
The Beatles legend delighted 200 guests from the worlds of politics, business and the arts by popping in to a launch of plans for the run-up to Liverpool gaining the title.
By coincidence, Sir Paul had joined a lunch hosted by the Vegetarian Society in the room next to the Capital of Culture gathering, overlooking the River Thames.
He joined the guests in the mistaken belief that his brother, Mike McCartney, a photographer, would be present but stayed to sign autographs on 2008 strategy plans.
And, speaking exclusively to the Daily Post, Sir Paul revealed he was considering adding his own star quality to the 2008 celebrations, now just under 1,000 days away.
He said: "I had to pop in to see if our kid was there, because it would have been so strange if we had both been at the Commons in adjacent rooms.
"But I was also happy to lend my support to the event, because we were all so chuffed at winning the Capital of Culture honour."
Asked if he would play a part in the festivities, Sir Paul said: "I haven't any plans at the moment, but I certainly would not rule it out.
"As we get closer to 2008, I'm sure more plans will be made and other things will happen spontaneously."
And, asked by the Daily Post's reporter if his contribution might be a song to mark 2008, Sir Paul joked: "You could write the words and I will write the music."
Earlier, the reception was entertained by the Liverpool-based acapella group Sense of Sound, who sang three songs.
And pupils from Campion Catholic High School told what the Capital of Culture year meant to them, by explaining the arts projects they had put together.
As revealed by the Daily Post yesterday, the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) was unveiled as the latest 2008 backer, investing £2m over the next four years. Loyd Grossman, deputy chairman of the Liverpool Culture Company, praised the NWDA and the other committed sponsors, law firm Hill Dickinson, Radio City, United Utilities and Enterprise plc.
Describing the excitement as "tangible", Mr Grossman said: "Our determination is that Liverpool will be transformed irreversibly and sustainably. It will affect the lives of people for generations to come."
And Lord David Owen, the former SDP leader who is Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, said: "There is a fund of goodwill for Liverpool. People outside Liverpool love your city and this is an opportunity to show what you are doing"
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Send to Culture Song, Liverpool Daily Post, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB. We will then, of course, use the best to try and persuade Sir Paul to go ahead with his apparent offer.