Paul McCartney repaid ‘debt’ after The Beatles fame as apology letter up for auction

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Sir Paul McCartney, 78, rose to fame in British rock band The Beatles, alongside John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The legendary musician’s apology letter to a homeowner after a holiday mishap has gone up for auction after the singer offered to repay the “debt”.

The singer and his late bandmate George had gone on a hitchhiking holiday where the pair visited Harlech, in Gwynedd, North Wales back in 1958.

The duo were teenagers at the time and had become friendly with the Brierley family.

The pair were allowed to pitch their tent in the field at the rear of the family’s bungalow but late sought refuge in their farmhouse after a sudden downpour, where The Beatles’ stars stayed for the week.

Paul and George returned to the Brierley’s home the following year and later made off with one of the family’s blankets.

However, Irene Brierley contacted the musicians’ years after Beatlemania had swept the nation.

She jokingly reminded Paul that she was short of a blanket in a letter sent to him in the 1980s.

Paul responded graciously as he wrote back: “Dear Mrs Brierley (Irene). Your letter reached me eventually and I was sorry to hear about my ‘debt’.

“I remember well the fun we had in Harlech and hope the enclosed cheque will settle our money differences!

He continued: “Excuse the scrawl as I’m trying to write this on a bouncing express train!!

“I was very sorry to hear about your hubby – he was a very nice man. Please give my best to your boys. Kindest regards, Paul (McCartney).”

Mrs Brierley went on to cash the £30 cheque sent by the musician.

Paul and George had become friendly with the young John Brierley, a musician himself.

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Mr Brierley also recalled several days of playing snooker and playing Elvis Presley’s first LP, Rock ‘N’ Roll, as well as Paul playing the family piano trying to work out the solo in the middle of the Buddy Holly song Think It Over.

The letter has a starting price of £3,000 and is being auctioned online at Tracks, which offers free valuations of all types of Beatles and music memorabilia.

It comes as The Beatles star announced some exciting news with his two daughters, Mary and Stella McCartney.

The trio have teamed up with food brand Linda McCartney, to launch a vegan cookbook.

Discussing the launch on Instagram, Paul said: “Years ago, before anyone had woken up to the idea of environmental and health and animal welfare issues, Linda was blazing the trail with vegetarianism, telling people about it and promoting it.

“In the book there are family photographs and stories from those days, and of course lots of great, beautiful tasting healthy recipes.”

The doting dad accompanied the post with a snap of himself with his arms wrapped around his daughters.

Linda McCartney’s Family Kitchen will debut on 24 June, and will feature over 90 plant-based recipes.

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