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June 2003
A world exclusive for BBC Radio Leeds
Steve Haigh with Paul McCartney
As BBC Radio Leeds celebrates its 35th birthday, we take a look back to one of the greatest stories in the station's history.
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Steve Haigh now works for BBC Radio Bristol.

Paul McCartneywas born on 18 Jun 1942 at Walton Hospital, Liverpool.

Paul announced that he had left the Beatles on 10 April 1970.

Wings first record was Give Ireland Back To The Irish, Paul's reaction to the troubles in Northern Ireland.

Paul is invested with his knighthood for services to popular music at Buckingham Palace in 1997.

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Steve Haigh was a reporter at BBC Radio Leeds from the early days of the station, starting in 1969.

He was just 19 years old when he got the phone call that would lead to the scoop of a lifetime...

He says: "It was 1972, the Beatles had broken up. I was going home, it was about 6.30pm, when the phone rang on the newsdesk. I picked it up and it was somebody ringing in to say they thought they'd seen Paul McCartney in a Leeds hotel."

Grabbing a tape recorder, Steve want to the hotel and gave a BBC Radio Leeds card to a waiter to pass on to Paul McCartney.

To his surprise the ex-Beatle came out to meet him.

Steve remembers: "I said 'I can't believe this. How did you come to be here?'

"He said 'Well, I'm relaunching myself, Linda and myself have gone back on the road as a new band called Wings. What else do you want to know?'"

Paul McCartney agreed to do an interview and Steve found a quiet room where he, Paul and Paul's wife Linda McCartney could talk.

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It was the first interview that he had given since the split of the fab four, and his first public announcement about his new band Wings.

Paul talked openly about the new band and new single and about how unlikely it was that the Beatles would ever reform.

Steve remembers that the interview caused a storm and brought the radio station national fame: "It was a world exclusive for Radio Leeds. It made all the newspapers and the newspapers couldn't get hold of Paul McCartney and so the articles everywhere quoted the interview from Radio Leeds."

Steve Haigh will be reporting on Glastonbury 2003 for BBC Somerset Sound and BBC Radio Bristol.
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